Among the events for the 20th anniversary celebrations of Dame de Pic, Karine Ponties collaborated with two young artists and film directors, whom she let take possession of her choreographic material to create their own dance short-films.
The first of these two films, « 4PKP » by Yoann Stehr and Stephan Dubrana, is a portrait of the company's work over an arch of 20 years. Asking himself how to film dance, without doing "vulgar video recordings, the worst way to bring the stage's atmosphere to the screen," Yoann decides to pick, over the entire company's repertoire, five pieces, five performers, five choreographic scores. He places them in different habitats and creates 5 scenes that compose the portrait not of one or several people, but of a choreographic work, of a research around movement.
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).
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/
Artistic direction / Conception : Yoann Stehr & Stephan Dubrana
Choreography : Karine Ponties
Interpretation : Ares D'Angelo, Shantala Pèpe, Eric Domeneghetty, Wilfrid Roche Maëstroni, Karine Ponties
Set design : Rachid Pinpon
Original music : "Soi abruti" et "La montagne" de David Monceau
Lights : Simon Breeveld
Sound : Marie Paulus, Pierre Slinckx
Other collaborations : Assistante animation : Gwendoline Gamboa
Production / Coproduction of the video work : Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties. Avec le soutien de la SACD - Brouillon d'un rêve, AG Real Estate¬Merci à La maison de la Francité, AJC, Michel Campion, AD'HOC, Avolon
Duration : 20 minutes
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