A piece for two male dancers and animated ink.

Holeulone develops the bond between movement and images at the mercy of visions linked on the stage by the animated film by Thierry Van Hasselt.

Choreographed by Karine Ponties, the piece delves into the mental, interior world of a troubled man, into the changing rhythms of his thoughts, his real and imaginary memories, the clarity and confusion of his perceptions. At one moment, his twin appears — a kind of interior historian so similar to himself that he becomes unbearable…

The performance is loosely inspired by Charlie, the endearing, simple witted hero of the Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes’ novel, published in 1959. The two dancers fight with themselves, with each other, interlace or surrender. The complex intimacy of their duo is projected not only through their own physicality with but also through the filmic images in which they are often immersed during the performance.

Karine Ponties in response to questions from Gwenola David on the occasion of the performance of Holeulone at the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris):

“What moves me in the novel Flowers for Algernon is the edgy sensitivity of the main character, Charlie. The preoccupations and energy that colour his desire for change and understanding are formidable and sensitive enough to try to develop them in the body, in bodies.
The constant energy in this book is similar to the energy we spend developing our work, a creative process in constant motion. In order to translate and transpose this energy with as much conviction and determination as the book’s main character, we tirelessly seek, both physically and mentally, to make another narrative of our doubts, our failures and our hopes.
The narrative that drives Flowers for Algernon is one that could affect any of us, when at a moment in our lives we find ourselves displaced, off-balance, having lost status and position, whatever this might be, and yet at the same time able to act with awareness and insight into our own rise and downfall, decay and degeneration.
All these changes of consciousness, these accelerations and decelerations of thought, these memories real or imagined, acuity and the confusion of these perceptions, that such a situation may bring about is profoundly human.
These are the elements that interest me in all my work.”

Holeulone was awarded the French Community of Belgium’s Critics Prize for the best dance performance of 2007.

Choreography: Karine Ponties

Interpretation: Eric Domeneghetty et Jaro Vinarsky

Artistic collaboration and animated film: Thierry Van Hasselt

Light design: Florence Richard

Composer: Dominique Pauwels

Set design: Wilfrid Roche

Text: Mylène Lauzon and Eric Domeneghetty

Length: 55 minutes

Production: Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties

Coproduction: Théâtre Les Tanneurs (Belgium), LOD (Belgium), Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans – direction Josef Nadj (France), l’Echangeur de Fère-en-Tardenois (France), le 3 bis f., lieu d’arts contemporains (France) and Ponec Divadlo (Czech Republic).

With the support of Les Brigittines (Belgium) and Service de la danse de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

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

30.03.2017Maison de la Culture Tournai, Tournai, Belgium

13.10.2016 → 2016-10-14Zahrada – Centrum nezavislej Kultury, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia

11.10.2016Tabacka Kulturfabrik, Kosice, Slovakia

06.10.2016 → 2016-10-07Stanica, Zilina, Slovakia

18.10.2013Torino Danza Festival, Turin, Italy

16.02.2012 → 2012-02-17Fabrique de Théâtre/ Site Européen de Création, Bastia, France

25.03.2011 → 2011-03-26Mu Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

09.02.2010 • Pays de danse, CC Huy, , Belgium

04.02.2010 • Pays de Danse, CC Verviers, , Belgium

24.11.2009Teatro Aveirense, Aveiro, Portugal

05.11.2009 → 2009-11-06Centre des Bords de Marne, Le Perreux-sur-Marne, France

22.10.2009Carré St-Vincent – Scène Nationale d’Orléans, Orléans cedex 1, France

16.10.2009CC Brugge, Bruges, Belgium

18.09.2009 → 2009-09-19National Theater of Korea, Seoul, Republic of Korea

19.05.2009Avant-Scène Cognac – Scène conventionnée, Cognac, France

07.04.2009La Briqueterie – CDC du Val de Marne, Vitry , France

15.01.2009L’Atelier à spectacle, Vernouillet, France

02.12.2008Théâtre de Vanves – Artdanthé Danse – Scène conventionnée, VANVES, France

07.11.2008L’Hectare – scène conventionnée, Vendôme cedex, France

24.10.2008 → 2008-10-25Charleroi/Danses, Bruxelles, Belgium

13.09.2008FIDENA dpf-deutsches forum für figurentheater, Bochum, Germany

28.07.2008 → 2008-07-29MIMOS, Périgueux, France

10.07.2008 → 2008-07-11Festival de Marseille, Marseille , France

11.06.2008 → 2008-06-12Tanec Praha, Praha , Czech Republic

05.06.2008 → 2008-06-06Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Bruxelles, Belgium

30.05.2008 • Festival Internacional de Teatro y Artes de Calle, Valladolid, Spain

16.05.2008 → 2008-05-17Teatro Garcia de Resende, Evora, Portugal

07.04.2008 • Le Forum, Falaise, France

03.04.2008 • Théâtre du Chevalet, Noyon, France

01.04.2008 • La Manufacture de théâtre, St-Quentin, France

18.03.2008 → 2008-03-20Théâtre de la Ville, Paris cedex 4, France

14.03.2008ONYX – La Carrière, Saint-Herblain, France

17.05.2007Pôle Sud – Scène conventionnée, Strasbourg, France

23.03.2007 → 2007-03-24Teatro Cine, Torres Vedras, Portugal

16.03.2007 → 2007-03-17O Espaco do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal

01.03.2007Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam, Netherlands

24.02.2007 → 2007-02-25Les Hivernales d’Avignon, Avignon, France

12.12.2006 → 2006-12-13 • CCN d’Orléans, Orléans, France

05.10.2006 → 2006-10-14Théâtre Les Tanneurs, Bruxelles, Belgium

25.08.2006 → 2006-08-26Les Brigittines, Bruxelles, Belgium

21.06.2005 → 2005-06-22Tanec Praha, Praha , Czech Republic

15.06.2005 → 2005-06-17Théâtre Marni, Bruxelles, Belgium

25.05.2005 → 2005-05-26Maison Folie Wazemmes, Lille, France

29.04.2005 → 2005-04-303 bis F – Lieu d’arts contemporains, Aix en Provence cedex 1, France