Compagnie Pernette

La Figure de Baiser

In La Figure du Baiser, six dancers perform an intimate choreography, strongly inspired by the subtle erotic sculptures of Canova and Bernini.

Slowly, these sculptures come to life; a scene unfolds in a sequence of movements and postures full of rapprochement and rejection, sensual or tormented, furious or, on the contrary, delicate.

The audience is closely connected to the scene, sometimes as a spectator or even sometimes as a participant.

Enjoy the hand that just stops before touching the skin, daydream about an exposed shoulder, take a look at the beautifully tattooed skin or the imprint of fingers on a thigh.

Love for another starts with a glance, when we start to notice someone.

Only then the game begins; of eye contact, looking away, seduction, rapprochement, rejection…

La Figure du Baiser represents all colors of physical love and pierces you with an arrow of Cupid.

Facts & Figures

  • outdoor | indoor
  • fixed place
  • English | French
  • audience participation
  • suitable for all ages
  • 60 minutes
  • 1 or 2 x per day
  • Besançon (FR)
  • Website

Nathalie Pernette trained as a classical dancer from an early age and as a modern dancer with Françoise and Dominique Dupuy: this duality of influences is still visible in her creations today. She worked for 12 years with fellow choreographer Andréas Schmid before creating her own company, Compagnie Pernette in 2001 and settled in La Friche Artistique in Besançon (FR).

Showing a taste for experimentation and encounters, Nathalie Pernette and her team explore the potential and possibilities of various working spaces (indoor, outdoor and special locations). They also mix dance with other artistic disciplines such as visual arts and live music to create their unique and special touch.

Apart from producing and touring their works, the company develops actions to introduce people to contemporary dance.

The company performs in a variety of spaces in France and beyond, from dance sets (Théâtre de la Ville, Opéra Bastille, Théâtre de Chaillot and other theatre and dance venues…) to festivals (ZAT Montpellier, Viva cité, Scènes de rue, Chalon dans la rue, Coup de chauffe à Cognac…) and other rural or urban areas, indoor and outdoor.

This wide diffusion of their works aims at giving the chance to a wide diversity of people to get to know and like dance, by wiping out pre-made ideas and reluctances.

Choreography   Nathalie Pernette assisted by Regina Meier
Distribution   Lucien Brabec, Joss Costalat, Léa Darrault, Anita Mauro, Félix Maurin, Laure Wernly
Music   Franck Gervais
Costumes and make-up   Fabienne Desflèches assisted by Flavie Goret
Tattoos design   Daniel Pernette assisted by Nicole Pernette
Technical direction/Sound   Benoît Favereaux & Jean-François Chapon

Le Kiosque – Centre d’Action Culturelle de Mayenne Communauté, Association NA / Compagnie Pernette ; Le Centre des monuments nationaux ; ART’R – Lieu de fabrique itinérant pour les Arts de la rue ; Atelier 231– CNAREP in Sotteville-lès-Rouen ; La Paperie – CNAREP in Angers ; L’Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud – Centre culturel de l’Ouest ; Le Merlan – Scène nationale de Marseille ; Le Moulin Fondu – CNAREP in Garges-Lès-Gonesse ; Micadanses in Paris.

Conseil départemental du Doubs, Ville de Besançon, l’ADAMI, la DGCA.

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