05-06-07 March 2020 at Les Brigittines (Brussels)

"Illustration and animation have always occupied a place of their own in my pieces, as these works contain secrets, folds revealing the extraordinary and the extravagant.

Animation films capture, in my opinion, the magic of movement. They feel somehow very similar to choreographic work. Chaos, diversity, that all of the sudden, through play and game, take shape, as heteroclite bits come together. in animation cinema, like in all of my choreographic research, poetic reality comes to life as we oppose realities through editing and metaphors.

Chroeographic writing, for me, always comes from the body, hence the need to forge ties and work with individuals, each of whom contains their own animal-like language. In this 'weakness' and this letting go, something that is fully and thoroughly honest happens, something that gathers the contradictions and the motions of incoherence that exist within each individual being.

I start the work on this next production from the "Tales of Tales", a film that I stumbled upon about ten years ago. It's a jewel of animation that touches me profoundly. The point here is not reproducing Yuri Norstein's aesthetics, but using this film as a source that opens the door for the construction of another edifice.

The vertiginous richness in form and content of the "Tale of Tales" cannot be seperated from its disarming simplicity, that of an art at the border between craftsmanship - the patience and savoir-faire that it implies - and a sharp vision, a clear intention. Infinite precision that comes into being when we face haziness. It's the poetic dimension of the film that interests me, the radical and intransigent manifestation of a way of being in the world and of thinking the world.

21st Century human beings, distracted beings, are prisoners of the representations that constantly attack them. There isn't any more space or time to produce the imagination that could create them. Nowadays, imagination is an occupied and subjugated territory. Perhaps, any poetical act is an act of resistance against this oppression.

I picture six distinct scenes, each with its own particular grain, worked in the depth of the image itself. A diaphanous landscape, composed of archetypal figures, a minotaur, a little girl with a skipping rope, an earthy corner, from which emerge the details of muscles and bones, a bathroom that turns upside down...

If the connection between these six recurrent spaces is not narrative, the piece won't be a patchwork either. Illustration and animation work precisely as glue to compose a rugged universe, whose magic appears through details and the freedom of bodies at their limit.

Sensor perception, body projection or the set pieces' complex and moving volumes, a careful use of materials and the delicate motorization of elements require a technological craftsmanship and a choreographic precision to make this magic sensual as well as organic."

Karine Ponties

Credit photo: "Adversity Makes Strange Bedfellows", Gregori Maiofis

Next dates

  • 5 → 7/03/2020 Les Brigittines - Bruxelles - Belgium
  • 10/03/2020 Scène Nationale de l'Essonne Agora-Desnos - Évry-Courcouronnes - France
  • 12 + 13/03/2020 Théâtre Jean Vilar - Vitry-sur-Seine - France


Choreographer Karine Ponties

Performers Ares D’Angelo, Eric Domeneghetty, Vera Gorbacheva, Liesbeth Kiebooms, Nilda Martinez, Jaro Vinarsky

Technical director, light designer and dramaturg Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin

Artistic adviser and stage technician Quentin Simon

Original music composer David Monceau

Set designer Valérie Perin

Joiner Yann Vekemans

Costume designer Gaëlle Marras

Photographer Andrea Messana

Production manager Anne Nicolle

Assistant production manager Nerina Cocchi


Production: Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties

Coproduction: Théâtre Jean Vilar de Vitry-sur-Seine, Les Brigittines, Théâtre Victor Hugo de Bagneux, Charleroi-Danse, La Coop asbl

With the support of Théâtre des Doms, Scènes&Cinés, Cango, Department of Val-de-Marne and the tax-shelter from the Belgian Federal government.

© 2013 Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties Design : Speculoos