Humus vertebra

The Scarecrow Cycle

The starting point of this hallucinatory fable for three performers is the scarecrow, this vertical being, absurd and fluttering in the winds that hold it between earth and sky. The scarecrow also haunts this piece, but in secret, hidden. In this trio we find all the ingredients that typify the original flavour of the work by this Belgian choreographer: a fabulous atmosphere, a strange comic tenderness tinged with profound doubt, sculptures of men, acrobatics, the use of objects and short films projected on stage, all expertly woven together. Here, the graphic score by Stefano Ricci, author of the illustrated book Humus vertebra, portrays hybrid characters, apparitions somewhere between man and beast. A fragile, yet clear trace of poetry of the moment inside an illusion: the uncertainty of being.


A poet of ancient times who still reigns from the corner of the field, it is difficult to describe the scarecrow: an impostor, a bogeyman, an ogre, a phantom, a protester, a crucifix, a no-through sign, a tower, an hourglass…

For me, a scarecrow is both a touching and contradictory figure, a lonely soldier of terror who has never scared anyone. He belongs to the imagination. This vertical being is man’s double, a self-portrait that does not speak its name, a no-through sign, and a protester who opens his arms to us when he is not hanged, crucified or bound.

This is a being of abandonment, in abandonment.

Giving life to a scarecrow is to become alive again, to revive, reconstruct, and to relearn. Trying to reach that place where the dual movement of vertical falling and elevation is produced, a contradiction vital to a living being.

The difficult birth of a body and a word that are linked and which begin over and over again, in perpetuity.

This project is the deconstruction and the match of the characters created on the same theme in the solos “babil”, “Fidèle à l’éclair” and “havran”. Out of their initial context, they slide into a second skin, and end up together in this performance, Humus vertebra.


Choreography: Karine Ponties

Interpretation: Eric Domeneghetty, Claudio Stellato, Jaro Vinarsky

Animated film and artistic collaboration: Stefano Ricci

Set design and artistic adviser: Wilfrid Roche

Light design: Florence Richard

Original music: David Monceau

Additionnal music: Sigur Ros

Costumes: Samuel Dronet

Costumes conception: Ethell Bibbo, Samuel Dronet, Maria-Eva Rodriguez

Dramaturgy and lighting technician: Guillaume Fromentin

Video and sound technician: Quentin Simon

Length: 55 minutes

Production: Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties

Coproduction: Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Charleroi/Danses (Belgium), O Espaço do Tempo de Montemor-O-Novo (Portugal), Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans – direction Josef Nadj, in the framework of accueil studio 2008 – Ministère de la Culture, Festival de Marseille, Centre départemental de créations en résidence des Bouches-du-Rhône, les Salins / Scène nationale de Martigues, Arcadi, Centre des Bords de Marne, CDC/ Biennale nationale du Val de Marne (France).

With the support of Ministère de la Culture de la Communauté française Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service de la Danse, of Association Beaumarchais (writing support), of Ballet national de Marseille in the framework of accueil studio, and of Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse.

Dame de Pic / Cie Karine Ponties is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, service danse and Wallonie-Bruxelles International. Karine Ponties is associated artist at Brigittines, contemporary art Centre for movement City of Brussels. The Company is on administrative residence at Théâtre Les Tanneurs in Brussels.

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17.03.2011 → 2011-03-19 • , ,

15.02.2011ONYX – La Carrière, Saint-Herblain, France

31.01.2011Trafo, House of Contemporary Arts/dans le cadre de Prési-danses , Budapest, Hungary

28.01.2011Cultural Centre Spanski Borci, Ljubljana, Slovenia

25.01.2011 → 2011-01-26Zagreb Dance Centre, Zagreb, Croatia

14.07.2010 → 2010-07-15Teatro a Corte, Turin, Italy

17.02.2010 → 2010-02-18Hors Saison Arcadi + Cdbm, Le Perreux, France

19.01.2010 → 2010-01-22Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Bruxelles, Belgium

18.12.2009 → 2009-12-19 • CCN d’Orléans, Orléans, France

18.11.2009 → 2009-11-19Charleroi/Danses, Bruxelles, Belgium

10.11.2009Théâtre des Salins – Scène nationale, Martigues, France

07.08.2009MIMOS, Périgueux, France

27.06.2009Festival de Marseille, Marseille , France

12.03.2009 → 2009-03-21Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Bruxelles, Belgium