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Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties & Temporary Collective




A heron falling to pieces, trussed up in its feathers and sitting on sticks. A snake eagle swirling in large, paced circles before it melts. That is their wild side.

Nothing defines human beings better than their disposition to accomplish absurd acts in order to obtain results that are just as improbable. In a world where reason is a nice façade, the bursting in of non-sense brings us to face our relationship with normalcy and allows us to open up to unbeaten paths. Somewhere between burn out and brown out, two women, exposed to each other like a palindrome in a distorting mirror, lose their direction and rekindle with their wild animal.

Tereza Ondrova and Petra Tejnorova in an unexpected duo under the direction of Franco-Belgian choreographer Karine Ponties.

The piece got the "Special Mention" Award by the international Jury and Tereza Ondrova was awarded "Best Dancer of the Year" at the 2019 Czech Dance Platform.




Karine Ponties 

Artistic director of Dame de Pic, choreographer and performer, Karine Ponties has created more than fourty dance pieces, presented on 4 continents, among which Every Direction is North (2017 Golden Mask - Russia), Mirliflor (2011 Golden Mask - Russia), Havran and Fidèle à l’éclair (2009 Mimos Price), Holeulone (2007 Best production of dance of the French Community in Belgium) and Brutalis (2002 Choreographic prize of the Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques [SACD]). Her work is characterised by a flair for the absurd, exploring intimacy and interlacing relationships.


Tereza Ondrová

Dancer who, after graduating in dance pedagogy at HAMU, founded the VerTeDance association in 2004, which created over 20 dance productions. During its existence collaborated with prominent dance personalities from the Czech and foreign scene, and has won many awards. e.g. Tichomluva (Silence) (Prize for Discovery in Dance 2005, Prague), Kolik váží vaše touha? (How much does your desire weigh?) dance production of 2012 (Prague), Korekce  (Correction) (dance production of 2014, HERALD ANGEL AWARD 2015, AUDIENCE AWARD AT BE FESTIVAL 2015, MESS FESTIVAL AWARD 2015), Případy doktora Toureta – sólo paní Vltavská (Cases of dr. Touret - Solo Mrs. Vltavská) (dancer of the year 2010 Tereza Ondrová) etc. Since 2012 she has been collaborating with Petr Šavel  (Boys Who Like to Play with Dolls - Freedom of Expression Award 2015, Priority Companies List 2014 of the Aerowaves network and As Long as Holding Hands). Since 2016, she has also collaborated with theatre and film director Petra Tejnorová. Together they created the dance projects You Are Here (2016) - Audience Award on the Czech Dance Platform 2017, Nothing Sad (2017) and Let's Go to Dance (2017). As a dancer and performer, she has collaborated with, for example, Swedish choreographer Charlotte Öfverholm - Found and Lost (2011), French choreographer Karine Ponties - Same Same (2018), Venezuelan choreographer David Zambrano - Ceviche (2015) or Slovak choreographer Anton Ľahký - Heaven Is the Place (2006). In addition to performing and own choreographic work, she is also involved in dance pedagogy.


Petra Tejnorová

She created several successful productions during her studies at Theatre Faculty of Academie of performing arts (DAMU). In 2008, she was nominated for the Alfred Radok Award in the Talent category. The focus of her work has for a while been documentary theatre, physical and author's theatre, theatrical probes into various societal and social strata.

In recent projects (Nevina, Nick) she has focused on the genre of live cinema, the linking of theatre and film.

As an author and director, she has collaborated with important theatres in the Czech Republic, such as the Dejvické Theatre, HaDivadlo, Archa Theatre, PONEC Theatre, Studio ALTA, etc.

For the New Stage of the National Theatre she directed the production Edge, TimINg, with the drama ensemble of the National Theatre she directed the production Love and Information (2016) and Speech to the Nation (2019). She made two short films (Book about the Plan - the winning film in the WAVES category - Ostrava Picture 2013, the award for the best camera - the International Camera Festival Kamera Oko). Last documentary Hello, Is Anyone There? was created as part of Dance Prague 2017 festival. Since 2016 she has worked with choreographer and dancer Tereza Ondrová. She also works as a teacher at Department of alternative and puppet theatre of DAMU.




Choreography Karine Ponties
Performers Tereza Ondrova & Petra Tejnorova
Lighting designer & artistic advisor Guillaume Toussaint Fromentin
Technical director Katarina Duricova
Technician Zuzana Rezna, Tomas Moravek
Production: Dame de Pic/Cie Karine Ponties & Temporary Collective
Coproduction: Festival TANEC PRAHA, Le 140

With the support of Ministry of Culture Czech Republic, Prague City Hall, ALT@RT, Truc Sphérique/Stanica Žilina, Ministry of Culture Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

Photos: Vojtech Brtnicky