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20 Years of Dame de Pic

Choreographic film

20 Years of Dame de Pic

Choreographic film

20 Years of Dame de Pic

« 20 Years of Dame de Pic » is a 20 minutes journey through Dame de Pic directed by UK choreographer and dance video artist Wilkie Branson.

Karine asked him to select the “highlights” from the company’s video archives (almost forty pieces at the time) and accomplish the impossible mission of sharing 20 years of creation in a 20-minute short-film.

For Wilkie, associate artist at Sadler’s Wells for his research in video-dance at the border between body, animation and movement, it was also an opportunity to play and experiment with animation tools in 3D.

What emerged from this challenge is a journey through Karine's work, with great energy and emotion, powerful yet delicate. A precious moment where one can perceive the absurd, the quirky, the touch of humor that always characterizes the company's work.


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Ponties, Karine

Karine Ponties was born in France in 1967. She started training in dance at the Juan Tena and Ramon Soler dance schools in Barcelona, and then went on to graduate from Mudra, Maurice Bejart’s school in Brussels, in 1986.
As a performer, she worked with several companies, most notably with Frédéric Flamand, Michèle Noiret, Nicole Mossoux / Patrick Bonté and Pierre Droulers, in addition to founding Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties in 1995. In 1996 the company premiered at Théâtre Le Public in Brussels with solo Planta Baja, and shortly thereafter Karine Ponties was selected for the 4th Edition of Les  Pépinières européennes for young artists.

In her over 20 years of choreographing for the company, she has created over forty pieces including commissions from the Helsinki  Theater Dance Department, Lod in Ghent, the D.C.M. Foundation in Bucharest, Montréal Danse, La Petite Fabrique in Paris, Transdance  Europe 03-06 and the Moscow Ballet. She was one of seven European choreographers selected to participate in the EU-Russian contemporary  dance project, Intradance (2010). In that context, she choreographed Mirliflor, which was awarded the 2011 Golden Mask (National Theatre Award in Russia) for the best contemporary dance performance. The attention  garnered around her work at this time later led to her collaboration  with the contemporary section of the Moscow Ballet for piece "Every  Direction is North", which was awarder the 2017 Golden Mask for best contemporary dance performance.

Ponties’ award-winning collaborations with visual artist Thierry Van Hasselt (Brutalis 2002, Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques [SACD] choreographic prize; and Holeulone, 2007 best dance performance at the French-speaking Belgian Critics' Awards) highlight  the company’s commitment to interdisciplinary exploration.

Other collaborations include composer Jan Kuijken and Lod (Les Taroupes 2000, Capture d’un caillot 2001, Brutalis 2002); composer Dominique Pauwels and Lod (Le Chant d’amour du grand singe 2005, Mi non Sabir 2004, Desirabilis 2004, Holeulone 2006, Boreas 2007), visual artist Lawrence Malstaf (Boreas 2007) and visual artist and illustrator Stefano Ricci (the Scarecrow Cycle 2008-2011, gathering babil, havran, Fidèle à l’éclair, Benedetto Pacifico and Humus vertebra).

She most recently collaborated with Czech dancer Tereza Ondrová (Best Czech Dancer 2014 and 2019) and theatre director Petra Tejnorová on duo Same Same, which was awarded the Special Jury Mention at the 2019 Czech Dance Platform.
Known for works with a flair for the absurd, exploring  intimacy and interlacing relationships, Ponties' choreographies have toured nationally and internationally, notably at the Festival de la Cité (Lausanne), Tanec Praha (Prague), Julidans Theatre Bellevue  (Amsterdam), Szene Festival (Salzburg), Dublin Fringe Festival, Centre  Culturel Wallonie-Bruxelles (Paris), Neuer Tanz Festival (Freiburg),  Dansstationen (Malmö), City Theater Reykjavik (Iceland), Plesni Theater (Ljubljana), Les Hivernales d’Avignon, Les Brigittines (Brussels), Agora  de la danse (Montreal), O Espaço do Tempo (Portugal), Pavillon Noir –  National Choreographic Center of Aix-en-Provence, One Yellow Rabbit  Festival (Calgary), Théâtre des Salins – Scène Nationale (Martigues),  Festival de Marseille (France), International Dance Festival of  Cochabamba (Bolivia), National Theatre of Korea (Seoul), National  Choreographic Center of Orléans, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Mimos  Festival (Périgueux), Uzès Danse, Kaaitheater (Brussels), Dance New  Amsterdam (New York), Festival de Otoño (Madrid), Dance Week Festival  (Zagreb), Vooruit (Ghent), Théâtre de la Cité (Paris). 

Branson, Wilkie

Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties

Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties is a Belgian contemporary dance company directed by choreographer and performer Karine Ponties. Founded in Brussels (Belgium) in 1996, Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties is supported by the Belgian Ministry of Culture at Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Service Danse, as well as by Wallonie Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse and Wallonie Bruxelles International. The company's office is kindly hosted at Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles. 

Find out more : http://www.damedepic.be/

20 Years of Dame de Pic

Artistic direction / Conception : Wilkie Branson

Choreography : Karine Ponties

Interpretation : Karine Ponties—Alessandro Bernardeschi—Neil Cadger—Didier Casamitjana—Mauro Paccagnella—Juan Benitez—Éric Domeneghetty—Jean Fürst—Cécile Loyer—Anna Moreno-Lasalle— Sabrina Marsili —Jaro Vinarsky—Claudio Stellato—Ivan Estegneev—Mariya Kachalkova—Tatyana Karavanova—Evgeny Kulagin—André Braga—João Vladimiro—Ricardo Machado—Thomas Chopin—Anna Réti—Wilfrid Roche Maëstroni—Ares D’Angelo—Shantala Pèpe—Vilma Pitrinaite—Mathieu Desseigne

Original music : David Monceau

Other collaborations : Vidéo archives filmées par Philippe Baste-Patrick Spadrille-Laurent Cadet-Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin-Eric Domeneghetty-Mauro Paccagnella-Frederico Lobo-João Vladimiro- Denis Moschenko- Michel Jakar-Thierry Thibaudeau

Production / Coproduction of the video work : Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties

Duration : 20 minutes

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