Benedetto Pacifico

The Scarecrow Cycle

The peaceful blessing reveals a scarecrow without sadness, simple and passing, catapulted from the field to the steppe, like an emaciated coat, inflated by the wind, which moves stones and, so they say, frightens wolves away.

How does the human being, so fragile, succeed in contemplating the world? By being sensitive to the slightest movement.

The peaceful blessing
If one considers all the movements in the world regardless of scale, the step of an ant, the rotation of the earth, the waves on the shore, the revolt of a people, the beating heart in a chest, an earth quake deep in the ocean, the wind in the leaves, and you allow the body to absorb them, harvest them all, we obtain the most risky but most constructive translation of all, a peaceful embodiment of chaos.
Pacification is to be at peace with one’s own energy, or with those running through us.

Its translation into the world
He evolves within a fluid substance, like thick air without gravity; a being who reveals the wind, unpredictable, longing for life in blissful solitude. To invent, captivate, discover, swallow up. A palette so vast and defined that life more than the world is reflected through this body. A will-o’-the-wisp transient figure, simple and joyful, who allows himself to cross over. Taking leave, offering only organic opposition rather than thought, a grasping for joy rather than elation in the game.

The figure
He crosses over or repossesses himself, the origin of the movement.
He is ephemeral. 30 minutes, several hours, his entire life imago. A time of generous consumption for him, buffeted by forces more vivid and enduring than his own. The buffoon of the swampy steppe plunges into life to devour it, frustrated, humiliated by forces that are superior, struggling at a lower level, ruling his independent cycle, born, reborn, and drinking until the dregs. Within a few hours, he burns everything accumulated in a lifetime. Without limits.

We only feel freedom when we have an idea of what confinement is.
He is not attached to one point; he is a scarecrow by chance, a piece of plastic carried by the desires of the air. A flame that repels. It’s his freedom that is frightening, this wind that changes without warning.
A body seized by the wind that dries up, exhausted.
A living body, filled with several energies and exposed to the four winds cannot tire, when a force weakens it, it concedes to its superiority. Freedom is the act of maintaining oneself amidst these forces.


Concept and choreography Karine Ponties

Interpretation Guillermo Weickert Molina

Original Music: David Monceau

Dramaturg and light design Guillaume Fromentin

Length 25 minutes

Production: Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties

Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, service danse and Wallonie-Bruxelles International.

10.11.2023 → Crac’s, Sambreville, Belgium

22.10.2021Festival TenDance, Latina, Roma, Italy

28.04.2019 • Festival Conformazioni, Palermo, Italy

19.12.2018 • Festival DZM, Caceres, Spain

10.02.2018 • Espace Culturel André Malraux, Le Kremlin-Bicêtre, France

13.09.2017 → 2017-09-14Zahrada – Centrum nezavislej Kultury, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

07.03.2017Théâtre Jean Vilar , Vitry-sur-Seine, France

10.10.2015 • Conde Duque – Festival Caminos, Madrid, Spain

07.11.2014 → 2014-11-08 • Festival MES DE DANZA, , Spain

03.05.2014Theatre de la Ville, Esch, Luxembourg

04.02.2014CCAM – Scène Nationale , Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France

24.01.2014Théâtre de Lisieux – Scène conventionnée, Lisieux, France

22.09.2013Centre Pompidou Metz, Metz, France

19.09.2013L1 Dance Fest, Budapest, Hungary

14.09.2013Le Gymnase – CDC, Roubaix cedex 1, France

12.08.2013 → 2013-08-13Siguientescena, , Mexico

17.05.2013La Danse de tous les Sens, Rencontre chorégraphique, Falaise, France

15.02.2013Theater aan het Vrijthof, Maastricht, Netherlands

05.02.2013 → 2013-02-06Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles , Paris, France

02.02.2013CC Braine l’Alleud, Braine-l’Alleud, Belgium

29.09.2012La Briqueterie – CDC du Val de Marne, Vitry , France

31.08.2012Tanzmesse, Dusseldorf, Germany

11.07.2012 → 2012-07-14 • CDC- Les Hivernales d’Avignon en partenariat avec le Théâtre les Doms , Avignon, , France

19.06.2012 → 2012-06-20Physical Theatre Festival , Séoul, Republic of Korea

02.02.2012Festival ProPulse, Bruxelles, Belgium

18.11.2011 • Objectifs Danse, Brussels, Belgium

08.09.2011 → 2011-09-09 • Festival “Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance”, Hanoi, Viet Nam