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 body. (…) They have the acrobatic suppleness of two excellent dancers and the comical conniving of two clowns. (…) They must fight a source of energy much stronger, invading and rapid than their own poor bodies. (…) The figures and landscapes that emerge are immediately disfigured, suggesting the anarchic functioning of our brains or the eruption of the earth’s crust. Complicated? To explain, yes, to see no. The duel between the choreography of Karine Ponties and the graphics of Thierry Van Hasselt is subtlety arbitrated by the music of Dominique Pauwels: a short hour of pure joy.
CHRISTIAN JADE RTBF / JDM, October 2006
On the barometer of spectacular dance trends, Karine Ponties has raised the temperature and the pressure at the festival Nouvelles Strasbourg Danse with Holeulone, a sensitive duet written in drawings, light and sound (…) Unfolding moods, overlapping legs and feet, from one to the other: Eric Domeneghetty and Jaro Vinarsky improvise, merging with the captivating impressionist film by Thierry Van Hasselt. (…) With blurred sepia contours, the human forms set the movements ablaze. Hybrid couples, bodies dissociated then delicately re-associated. Two microphones on the side amplify their steps, their breathing and their sighs when the attack erupts. Is this a schizophrenic unfolding of the work, increased tenfold by the fantastic musical score by Dominique Pauwels? The dream of Holeulone takes less than one hour, encompassing with wonder, inks, free gesture, light and sound (…)
VENERANDA PALADINO , DNA (DERNIERES NOUVELLES D’ALSACE), May 2007
(…) This is a performance where images can be regarded as a true partner. This is rare and accurately underlines the dreamlike, poetic and human character of this performance by two remarkable dancers.
MARIE-FRANCOISE GRISLIN, HEBDOSCOPE, May 2007
(…) Two dancers give themselves without reserve, in sequences of step, of attitude, and precise, frightening gestures. The difficulties they enact penetrate even the soul of the spectator (…) one has lived very beautiful moments with such a performance that so joyfully combines dance, music and light. Judiciously using a scenic device upon which moving forms are projected, or rather impregnated, all imagined by Thierry Van Hasselt, graphics that a mysterious reed pen throws down like the ebb and flow of an in pired ocean tide. Karine Ponties delivers a work of shadows and light, energy and restraint. To repeat myself: moments of sheer happiness.
CYRIL VAILLY, LA REPUBLIQUE DU CENTRE, December 2006
A poetic fusion between body and painting.
ZONE 02 , September 2006
The choreographer has realized the perfect performance, where each element finds its place in a fascinating whole.
JEAN-MARIE WYNANTS, LE SOIR, October 2006