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Le sourire des égarés


Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties 2018 - Director : Spadrille, Patrick

Choreographer(s) : Ponties, Karine (France)

Present in collection(s): Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties

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Le sourire des égarés


Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties 2018 - Director : Spadrille, Patrick

Choreographer(s) : Ponties, Karine (France)

Present in collection(s): Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties

en fr

Le sourire des égarés

Le Sourire des égarés (or The Wanderers’ Smile) is a piece about hope, about the human capacity to overcome any obstacle. Survival  instinct gives every human being their chance ; resilience is always on the side of the living and offers them the chance to turn their flaws into a luminous and unaltered driving force.

Human beings are a sum of accidents, of modifications. They are a prototype that keeps on trying all the time, to avoid a lifetime of failure. Their ability is to turn weaknesses, fragilities and flaws into qualities ; a necessary dysfunction for poetry to occur.

Poetry and joy survive in this huge discrepancy, thanks to an ability to play tricks on everything, to play with everything, from the absurd to the tragic. Humans are just like that, definitely looking towards life. 

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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). 

Spadrille, Patrick

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. 

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Le sourire des égarés

Artistic direction / Conception : Karine Ponties

Choreography : Karine Ponties

Interpretation : Ares D’Angelo, Eric Domeneghetty, Florencia Demestri, Vilma Pitrinaite

Artistic consultancy / Dramaturgy : Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin

Set design : Wilfrid Roche Maëstroni et Marie Gourdain

Original music : David Monceau

Lights : Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin

Costumes : Gaëlle Marras

Sound : Benjamin Pasternak

Other collaborations : Régisseurs plateau et lumière : Andrea Messana et Pier Gallen

Production / Coproduction of the choreographic work : Une production Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties, en coproduction avec le Théâtre de Liège, Les Brigittines et La Coop asbl, avec le soutien de, ING, tax-shelter du gouvernement fédéral belge et du Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles - Service de la Danse

Duration : 1h

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