LUCIOLA (performance)

Conception and choreography: Karine Ponties
Dancers: Ares D’Angelo, Eric Domeneghetty, Shantala Pèpe, Vilma Pitrinaite (former dancer of AURA Dance Theatre)
Music: David Monceau
Text: Eric Domeneghetty, Karine Ponties
Lights designer and artistic adviser: Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin
Set designer: Wilfrid Roche
Coproduction with La Briqueterie – CDC du Val de Marne (France), Les Brigittines (Belgium), Le Gymnase – CDC Roubaix Nord Pas de Calais.
Premiere: 2013
Duration: 60 min.


“Luciola” was nominated by the French Community of Belgium’s Critics Prize for the best dance performance of 2013.

“We have lost our claws, our breaks, but we are more monstrous than ever before. Ultra – civilized man hides monstrous side we prefer not to see. This work is about emphasizing unconscious reservoirs loaded with images. Rediscovering this sincerity is perhaps the only way to escape savagery. What emerges is a positive release of energy.” / Karine Ponties /

The figure of the monster is being increasingly eradicated from our civilized world. And yet, modern man conceals terrible things beneath his smooth appearance. Luciola” goes in search of the monster in man, pushing the most uncertain zones of the body to their extremes and releasing the animal where we least expect it. The chimera emerging from the depths of the imagination is nourished more by shadows than light; this choreography stalks it in a raw and radical manner in an attempt to expose the joy buried within tormented bodies, the laughter in the horrific.


Photos by Philippe Laurent.

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Artistic director of Dame de Pic, choreographer, performer, Karine Ponties has created some thirty dance pieces for the company with among others Mirliflor (Awarded Golden Mask for the best contemporary dance performance in Russia), Holeulone (best dance performance in French-speaking Belgium) and Brutalis (SACD Prize). Her work is characterised by a flair for the absurd, exploring intimacy and interlacing relationships.

Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, service danse and Wallonie – Bruxelles International and l’Agence Wallonie Bruxelles Théâtre/Danse. The Company is on administrative residence at Théâtre Les Tanneurs in Brussels.

Thanks to Florence Mejan.