Karine Ponties / Dame de Pic



Somewhere between burn-out and brown-out, 20th century illnesses, two women, exposed to each other as a palindrome in a distorting mirror, lose their way and return to their wild animal state.

Czech artists Tereza Ondrová, a dancer, and Petra Tejnorová, a director, started an unexpected duet under the direction of choreographer Karine Ponties in which the universe is characterised by a sense of the absurd, an exploration of intimacy, the organic, and human relationships.

Nothing better defines human beings than their ability to accomplish absurd acts to obtain totally improbable results.

In a world in which reason is a beautiful facade, the sudden eruption of the senseless confronts us with our relationship with normality and makes it possible to leave the beaten paths.

Karine Ponties is the author of nearly forty dance pieces, including Every Direction is North (Golden Mask for the best contemporary dance show in Russia), Holeulone (Best dance show in Francophone Belgium), and Brutalis (SACD Award).

Concept and choreography: Karine Ponties / Performers: Tereza Ondrová and Petra Tejnorová / Lighting desing and artistic collaboration: Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin / Light: Zuzana Režná / Production manager: Linda Prušová.

Production: DanceWATCH / Karolína Hejnová (CZ), Dame de Pic / Rachel Goldenberg (BE) / Co-production: TANEC PRAHA festival (CZ) and Le 140 (BE).

Supported by Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Czech Republic, Prague City Hall, ALT@RT, Ministère de la Culture de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.