A horizontal artistic collaboration

The creative process is a moment about engendering faith, some form of engagement, certainty, a need for that kind of work, then.  Piece after piece, I keep finding new forms to an endless questioning about the world. It is in the material itself that I find what I am looking for, without really knowing exactly […]

Autumn 2021

After more than a year and a half, we are so glad to return to the stage and spend time again with all the teams and audiences! People we missed so much, those people who inspire us, make us live from our passion and move forward. TWO PIECES IN PROCESS « Loss / Home far away from home » […]

Brucelles – A table… pour danser – mai 2003

“Brucelles” A table pour Danser Journal“Le Devoir” may 2003 In a stage set that seems belonging to a team of “ Maîtres d’hôtel”, and restaurant servers, waiters, five men and a woman are in activity. One introduces his elbow in the eye of another meanwhile another lifts a finger without any consequence of being followed. […]

Brucelles – Belgique,grande et belle (suite)

Belgique Grande et Belle Danse a l’étranger, Magazine Karine Ponties “Souverain Ponties” …Maybe without wanting it, the revelation of these days where the works of the different Walloons and Brussels dancers gathered in these performances, come all to one single name, Karine Ponties. Not one but two pieces, when the rest only offered one, but […]

Brucelles – De magnifiques dissonances (Le Matin) novembre 2003

“Brucelles” Des magnifiques dissonances Le Matin novembre 2000 The two solos that she interpreted (“Palnta Baja” & “Dame de Pic”) a masculine and feminine duet (“Glabelle”) which will be perform at the Theatre de l’Ancre in December from the 1st to the 16th as part of the Charleroi-Danses Festival, together with the “Petites pieces pour […]

Brucelles – La tragi-comédie de la vie (Le Soir) novembre 2000

Point de Vue Danse La tragi-comédie de la vie “Brucelles” There are five men (Juan Benitez, Alessandro Bernardeschi, Eric Domeneghetty, Jean Fürst and Mauro Paccagnella, all dressed in dark colours, wandering about on the stage, running from one side to the other, sliding to the floor to encounter the single woman on stage dressed in […]

Brucelles – Pieds et poings déliés (La Libre Belgique) novembre 2000

Danse “Pieds et poings déliés” La libre Belgique 4 novembre 2000 Charleroi-Danses at the KVS (Kunst Vlamse Schoubourg). At least inside the walls that this theatre is holding in while the old one is being renovated. It’s a premiere nevertheless, a neighbour of the Raffinerie also not capable of holding any performances yet, but does […]

Brutalis – (L’Humanité) mars 2003

“ Brutalis “ (L’Humanité) mars 2003 L’Humanité 11 mars 2003 – Cultures (Excerpt) Dance. The twelfth edition of the Biennale du Val-de-Marne, keeps going till the 3dt of Aprilthroughout the entire department. One gets out of the frame and the other takes his foot Karine Ponties approaches her anatomy from a dry point of view, […]

Brutalis – Biennale nationale de danse du val-de-Marne

Biennale National de danse du Val-de-Marne “Brutalis” un solo six sensibilities Karine Ponties surprises again in a solo work rich in artistic complicities. Karine Ponties possesses above all an extraordinary sense of dialogue in which she engages herself with the public as soon as she gets on stage. The audience reactions are very alive and […]

Catherine Simon, SACD award ceremony (Brutalis)

A bright stain within the black magma: an isolated knee. An angular line within the black magma: her arm, chiselled, her elbow, like an abrupt angle attached to nowhere. A gnarled mass within the back magma: her back, play of muscles, knotted muscles, knotty quivering of muscles beneath the skin. Fascination with this acute consciousness […]

Dame de Pic – Masculin/Féminin: sur quel pied danser?

« Negatovas » KARINE PONTIES Masculin/Feminin : Sur quel pied Danser ? Karine Ponties is dancer and choreographer. I saw her for the first time in a production of Nicole Mossoux and Patrick Bonté, then in one of Nadine’s Ganase. Both interpretations radically different, but I was absolutely enchanted and seduced. Intrigued also. I had […]

Danser

(…) les premiers mouvements déterminent le statut qu’on conquiert dans le groupe.Un grand classique: des légions de chorégraphes se sont fendus d’une telle radiographie des articulations sociales, pointant les petits riens qui font naitre les complicités ou les dominations.Mais la radiographie de Karine Ponties montre ces articulations sociales sous un jour nouveau.Ses danseurs sont impassibles.Exit […]

Danser, April 2006

“Mi non Sabir” April 2006 Nicolas Six “Danser” (Games of society) Les hivernales d’Avignon Disturbing sent of going back to school…Four dancers take shyly their places like they didn’t know each other. They watch each other, they judge each other; one takes a risk and performs a gesture…The task is important; the first movements give […]

Desirabilis – Canada

“Desirabilis Canada” Desirabilis lifts up the theatre curtain showing two couples seemingly coming out of a television contest of the fifties all posing in a hilarious family picture, their faces and their small movements, so fine and fair that the audience can not hold their visible happy laughter. (Translated by Jordi Granados)

Desirabilis – Canada

ìDesirabilis, an absurd quartet by the Belgian Karine Ponties. Two couples -or four friends – form a band of curious, dysfunctional players. We see them sometimes as characters from a comic book and other times as protagonists in a strange, slightly grotesque travelling carnival. They live for love or boredom!

Desirabilis (2004)

(…) De la danse théâtre solide, sobre et irresistible (comme la trame sonore d’ailleurs),avec une gestuelle et une bonne humeur contagieuse (…) et dont la finesse misait juste dans le coeur du public.(…) Cette finesse, cette vérité et cet humour se traçaient au gré des visages et des déplacements saugrenus et ravissants des danseurs, dans […]

Desirabilis (2004)

(…) De la danse théâtre solide, sobre et irresistible (comme la trame sonore d’ailleurs),avec une gestuelle et une bonne humeur contagieuse (…) et dont la finesse misait juste dans le coeur du public.(…) Cette finesse, cette vérité et cet humour se traçaient au gré des visages et des déplacements saugrenus et ravissants des danseurs, dans […]

Eric Clemens “Karine Ponties, Capture out of crawing”

In her beginnings, at very first sight, Karine Ponties signifies her experiences of loss, of identity refused, of the clash of opposites… and these beginnings recur in each of her choreographies. And yet, on closer inspection, K.P. compresses herself. Starting with Dame de Pic (Queen of Spades, 1997), she gathers her momentum from excessively compressed […]

Everything is a question of translation

“I have the feeling that regardless of its form, writing always comes from the body – hence the need to forge ties by working with individuals, each of whom contains a script. Individual scripts with animal instincts that attempt to translate and thereby re-write existing languages – from sounds, words, gestures, colours; from erupting excesses of the world, from […]

Gérérd Mayen, Carré St-Vincent program 2009/10

“Where is the substance, where is the form? This question is especially pertinent to dance. Does the decor create the substance? Is the presence of humans sufficient to produce the form? Or does the substance come from a neutral presence, where any gestures that occur become the form? Another hypothesis: if mundane gestures nurture the […]

Holeulone (press excerpts)

Holeulone, this is neither an insult nor an abstract word, but a bomb of visual pleasure that bursts in your face, captivates your ear, played out at every moment in every scene. That is to say, one dancer so mingled with the other that one could believe, in the favourable half-light, that they form one […]

In the key of tenderness (material for Brucelles)

(…) Our brain, initially reptilian. For our bodies are also beasts, ancient beasts laden with the timeless memory of genes. (…) These beasts live on tenderness, a tenderness that sometimes flows from our gaze, from masters and mistresses. These are profound beasts, primal beasts. They hold us is space and give us time (…). For […]

Karine Ponties seen by Marie Baudet

What do I find, what do I perceive in this body of work that I have been following – faithfully albeit intermittently – for more than twenty years? A body of work, an artist (and her teammates who have come, gone, and remained year after year), a gaze that sharpens our own. Assertions, attempts, also […]

Karine Ponties seen by Nathalie Huerta

When I discovered Karine’s work, I was surprised by the energy and strength of her choreo- graphic language, the physical commitment of her performers, her vision of the world, which is terrible, yet tender, full of humor and with a hint of exhilarating folly. Then I met the artist, the woman, this French who lived […]

La Nouvelle Gazette

« Negatovas » La Nouvelle Gazette Biennale de la Danse D’un côté l’absurdité de l’autre la poésie This Wednesday between the Palais des Beaus Arts de Charleroi and the Ecuries, two young dancers and choreographers shared with us their imaginary universe. In the new dance space Les Ecuries of Charleroi, and thankfully for us, “Negatovas” […]

La Provence , février 2006

“Mi non sabir” Among laughs and trances TDE Avignon Les hivernales 2006 A contrasting evening at the Benoît XII theatre for two Czech performances of the project of Trans Dance Europe. Humour and more humour to start with. The four Czech dancers astonish in “Mi non sabir” a choreographic piece by Karine Ponties. And on […]

Le Chant d’Amour du grand singe (2003)

(…) Cécile Loyer, Anna Moreno- Lasalle et Sabrina Marsili habitent ce plateau comme on investirait une machine à remonter le temps,du primitif échange à la danse codée des night clubs, de charade échévelée en caisse de résonance, de sensualité cocasse en semblant de chaos ultra construit.L’amour? Il grandit comme un chant, un souffle, avec humour […]

Le Chant d’Amour du grand singe (2003)

(…) Cécile Loyer, Anna Moreno- Lasalle et Sabrina Marsili habitent ce plateau comme on investirait une machine à remonter le temps,du primitif échange à la danse codée des night clubs, de charade échévelée en caisse de résonance, de sensualité cocasse en semblant de chaos ultra construit.L’amour? Il grandit comme un chant, un souffle, avec humour […]

Le Devoir, May 2000

“Brucelles” Destination Wallonie!“ Le Devoir “ Montréal mai 2000 The Belgium dance has a specific place inside the international choreographic panorama. With the “Objectif Danse”, that took place this last week in Brussels, the dance in Wallonie has given herself a place in the performing scene. (Excerpt) …In this context “Brucelles” the choreographic piece of […]

Le Mad, october 2006

Under the false guise of childishness, Nunakt is a sensational moment of contemporary dance, combined with a devastatingly funny observation of the world of stage performance.

Le Mad, octobre 2006

Under the false guise of childishness, Nunakt is a sensational moment of contemporary dance, combined with a devastatingly funny observation of the world of stage performance.

Le Monde, March 2003

“Brutalis” Entre les vedettes de la chorégraphie, des stimulantes anomalies “Le Monde” mars 2003 Between Merce Cunningham who opened the twelfth Biennale Nationale de la Danse du Val-de-Marne the 26th of February 2003, the Odile Duboc, Maguy Marin, Jose Montalvo, Bernard Montet, who are closing the bill as a mixed bouquet that seems never ending, […]

Le Soir, December 2002

“Brutalis” Danse dessinée, dessin dansé (Le Soir) décembre 2002 Karine Ponties and Thierry Van Hasselt combining in an intimate way their respective disciplines. A dive in the dark universe coming out the bottom of age. The solo is defiantly in the air of time in the country of dance. After Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Tomas […]

Le Soir, March 1999

« Negatovas » Le rire en négatif de Karine Ponties (Le Soir) mars 1999 At the Biennale of Charleroi-Danses Karine Ponties gets out the comic from the darkness. There are four, dress in dark grey, quiet dark.Four men inside a vast space, naked, also dark. Stuck in a thin wave oflight, lightly illuminated. From the […]

les hivernales d’Avignon, February 2006

“Mi non sabir” Les hivernales d’Avignon Tardone “The public of the hivernales bends over laughing with Karine Ponties work!” What a pleasant surprise in this evening of the hivernales bill program at the Benoît XII scene in Avignon with the Belgium choreographer Karine Ponties and her piece “Mi non sabir” Four Czech dancers are on […]

Les Taroupes – Belgique, grande et belle (fin)

Belgique Grande et Belle Danse a l’étranger, Magazine Karine Ponties “Souverain Ponties” …Maybe without wanting it, the revelation of these days where the works of the different Walloons and Brussels dancers gathered in these performances, come all to one single name, Karine Ponties. Not one but two pieces, when the rest only offered one, but […]

Mi non sabir – Les Hivernales d’Avignon

“Mi non sabir” Les hivernales d’Avignon Tardone (Excerpts) “The hivernales of Avignon, raw 2006:transmitting…lets dance! Two artists have made us breath with a coming wind, air of modernity during the presentation of this Hivernales bill edition: the Belgium Karine Ponties with “Mi non sabir”… …With humour and creativity they have proposed a vision of dance […]

Mi non sabir – Théâtre Benoît XII, Avignon

“Mi non sabir” Théâtre Benoît XII, Avignon. Par Philippe Verrièle Dance Social movement Theatre Benoît XII Les hivernales d’Avignon 2006 In the same evening dedicate to the Czech dance two pieces cross each other with different merits towards their performances. Karine Ponties gives us a small piece of jewellery with a sense of humour perfectly […]