Dame de Pic

An excrescence that she cannot do without.

An abscess that plunges her into inevitable mimesis.

A presence struck by absence and a certain indifference.

The Dame de Pic (Queen of Spades) solo stems from many things, including Mann Mit Wespe, a painting by Michael Sowa. All at once, the painting embodies an intimate mini-thriller, an insectitude and a strange familiarity.

I also wanted to speak of the dogs and masters one sees in the parks and streets. They are the same, identical, bearing a strange resemblance. They are terrible and comical.

To speak of what we carry with us (objects, situations, beings), elements that can disrupt an entire life (abscesses, albatrosses) but from which we are unable to escape.

To speak of absurd links, of provocations by absence, of the isolationism that one senses lurking beneath the skin, and of how each person, in private, can be so foreign to the other.


Our corporeal pantomimes are similar to those of insects—our interrupted movements, our momentum, our abrupt withdrawals, our hands that alternately grope about, avoid, graze and scratch one another.

Our gestures are so quick that we avoid eye contact with those who look at us.

Our gestures are so slow that they hold us within an intense but motionless luminosity; and now the vibrating point at the centre of our field of vision forms a hole between two periods of time.

Tarquin Biliet, masculin féminin sur quel pieds danser

Choreography and interpretation: Karine Ponties

Music score: Art Zoyd-Iva Bittova

Lights: Florence Richard

Premiere: May 27, 1997 at the Théâtre La Balsamine, in collaboration with the Théâtre des Bernardines in Brussels.

Production: Laurence De Jonge

Length: 20 minutes

Dame de Pic is commissioned by Théâtre des Bernardines (Marseille) and created within the frame of exchanges between Marseille and Brussels.

12.11.2002 → 2002-11-13Endanza, Sevilla, Spain

21.10.2002 • Sproken, Bruges, Belgium

02.10.2002 → 2002-10-03 • Campos en fête – CCN Orléans, Orléans, France

26.09.2002Stadtstheater Landsberg, Landsberg am Lech, Germany

15.06.2002DRAK THEATRE, Prague, Czech Republic

23.02.2002Endanza, Sevilla, Spain

03.05.2001 • Chiasso Danza, Chiasso, Switzerland

28.04.2001 → 2001-04-29Dansstationen, Malmö, Sweden

02.07.2000 → 2000-07-03 • Service Culturel de Chinon, Chinon, France

31.05.2000Festival Exodos, Ljubljana, Slovenia

16.05.2000Pôle Sud – Scène conventionnée, Strasbourg, France

13.05.2000Maison de la Culture d’Arlon, Arlon, Belgium

11.05.2000CC Huy, Huy, Belgium

02.05.2000 • Jours de danse, Tenerife, Spain

01.05.2000 • Jours de danse, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

29.04.2000Bourse Suisse aux spectacles, Biel Bienne 3, Switzerland

23.03.2000Art Danse Bourgogne – CDC, Dijon, France

12.02.2000Neuer Tanz Festival / E-Werk, Freiburg, Germany

03.02.2000 → 2000-02-04 • CRT Milan, Milan, Italy

03.12.1999 → 1999-12-04Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris, France

20.11.1999Théâtre A. Malraux, Rueil-Malmaison Cedex , France

15.10.1999Théâtre de l’Ancre, Charleroi, Belgium

12.10.1999 → 1999-10-13Botanique, Bruxelles, Belgium

27.09.1999 → 1999-09-29Fringe Festival, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

22.09.1999 → 1999-09-23CC Berchem, Berchem, Belgium

16.09.1999 • Dansinkortrijk, Kortrijk, Belgium

22.07.1999 → 1999-07-23Szene Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

04.07.1999Aldes italie, Porcari, Italy

23.06.1999 → 1999-06-24Tanec Praha, Praha , Czech Republic

19.06.1999L’Echangeur de Fère-en-Tardenois – Scène conventionnée, Fère-en-Tardenois, France

04.06.1999 → 1999-06-05CCN de Tours, Tours, France

26.05.1999 → 1999-05-27Kulturhus Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark

24.05.1999 → 1999-05-25Kanonhallen, Copenhague, Denmark

20.05.1999 → 1999-05-22Kampnagel D M T, Hamburg, Germany

10.05.1999Bratislava in Movement Association, Bratislava 1, Slovakia

27.04.1999La Rairie, Pont St Martin, France

11.02.1999 → 1999-02-12Festival La Alternativa, Madrid, Spain

08.01.1999Le Gymnase – CDC, Roubaix cedex 1, France

24.10.1998Vooruit , Gent, Belgium

29.09.1998 → 1998-09-30Imagetanz Festival / Dietheater Künstlerhaus, Vienne, Austria

24.09.1998 • Teatrul L.S. Bulandra, Bucarest, Romania

15.07.1998 → 1998-07-16Belle Vue Théâtre Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

07.07.1998 → 1998-07-09Festival de la Cité, La Croix sur Lutry, Switzerland

24.04.1998 → 1999-04-25Teatro Fundamenta Nuove / Associazioni Culturale Vortice, Venise, Italy

01.02.1998Café de la Danse, Paris, France

09.01.1998The Place , London, United Kingdom

10.10.1997Les Arbalestriers, Mons, Belgium

06.09.1997Les Brigittines, Bruxelles, Belgium

27.05.1997 → 1997-05-28Théâtre de La Balsamine, Bruxelles, Belgium