The Scarecrow Cycle

A body carrying the curved line of the horizon on his back. A sign chronicled in black ink on a landscape, caught by a wind that changes it into numerous shapes, as concrete as they are abstract. An elegant sign walking calmly upon the earth, effortlessly flying and gliding over the world.

A crow, sometimes the sign of bad luck, because it is occasionally a scavenger and has always accompanied men on the battlefield, through disasters. But also a sign of life.

A being in perpetual change that tries to ground itself in a framework by imitating the animal from which it is meant to distance itself. Open to the four winds, permanently traversed by draughts. From head to toe, air circulates through the orifices of its body. Desperately open.

Faithful sentinel of deserted fields, whose survival is based on constant self-reinvention. Reminiscent of new repellent efforts of modern times, experimenting with scarecrows that are truer to life: the body of a dead bird exhibited in a posture of alarm, ready for flight.


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.

havran is part of the Scarecrow Cycle, as well as Fidèle à l’éclair and babil. The three figures reunite at last in the work Humus vertebra, the absurd encounter of the three.
A fourth solo, Benedetto Pacifico, joined the Cycle in September 2011.

Conception and choreography Karine Ponties

Interpretation Jaro Vinarsky

Original music David Monceau

Light design Florence Richard

Costumes Samuel Dronet

Technical direction Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin

Length 20 minutes

Production: Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties

Coproduction: Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans – direction Josef Nadj, in the framework of accueil studio 2008 – Ministère de la Culture (France), O Espaço do Tempo de Montemor-O-Novo (Portugal), Théâtre Les Tanneurs (Belgium).

With the support of Ministère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles – Service danse, Wallonie-Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse.

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

19.12.2018 • Festival DZM, Caceres, Spain

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

14.09.2016L1 Dance Fest, Budapest, Hungary

10.10.2015 • Conde Duque – Festival Caminos, Madrid, Spain

02.05.2015Theatre de la Ville, Esch, Luxembourg

27.09.2014 → 2014-09-28 • Festival “Europe Meets Asia in Contemporary Dance”, Hanoi, Viet Nam

04.02.2014CCAM – Scène Nationale , Vandoeuvre les Nancy, France

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

12.06.2011Kasarne Kulturpark, Kosice, Slovakia

10.06.2011Zahrada – Centrum nezavislej Kultury, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

08.06.2011Stanica, Zilina, Slovakia

06.06.2011Divaldo 29 Theatre, Pardubice, Czech Republic

05.06.2011DIOD Theatre, Jihlava, Czech Republic

03.06.2011Alfred ve dvoře Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic

02.06.2011HaDivadlo, Brno, Czech Republic

26.04.2011 → 2011-04-30Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Bruxelles, Belgium

16.07.2010Teatro a Corte, Turin, Italy

25.05.2010 → 2010-05-26 • Festival Seine de Danse / Conseil général des Hauts-de-Seine, Nanterre , France

13.02.2010 → 2010-02-14La Ferme du Buisson – Noisiel (Scène Nationale), Marne-la-Vallée , France

27.01.2010 → 2010-01-29Centre des Bords de Marne, Le Perreux-sur-Marne, France

03.09.2009Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporanea, Cochabamba, Bolivia

05.08.2009MIMOS, Périgueux, France

17.06.2009Uzes Danse – CDC, Uzès, France

29.01.2009 → 2009-01-30Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, Paris, France

19.12.2008 → 2008-12-20 • CCN d’Orléans, Orléans, France