Compagnie Pernette

La Figure de l'Érosion

In many cities, villages and squares they can be found. Large monumental statues that remind us of memorable moments in history; a revolt, a soldier or a famous scientist or artist.

La Figure de l’Érosion pays tribute to these statues and allows you to take another look at our cultural heritage.

Historical monuments may look solid, but they are also exposed to driving rain, strong wind and blazing sun.

Their vulnerability is slowly becoming visible and in Nathalie Pernette's imagination, stone falls apart, iron can gradually melt, and elements come off the statue.

Through minimalist, almost imperceptible movements, the dancers move from one pose to another, and give the statues a soul. While sound fragments remind us of the great moments in our history, the dancers slowly move towards a single final: the disappearance.

Facts & Figures

  • outdoor | indoor
  • fixed place
  • language no problem
  • suitable for all ages
  • 50 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, Léa Darrault, Félix Maurin,
Laure Wernly
Music   Franck Gervais
Costumes and make-up   Fabienne Desflèches assisted by Thelma di Marco
Technical Direction   Benoît Favereaux & Jean-François Chapon

Le Centre des monuments nationaux, Atelier 231 – CNAREP à Sotteville-lès-Rouen, Le Moulin Fondu – CNAREP à Garges-Lès-Gonesse, Ateliers Frappaz – CNAREP à Villeurbanne, Le Théâtre de Chatillon, Le Citron Jaune – CNAREP à Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône, Lieux publics – Centre national de création en espace public, Marseille, Eclats de rue – Ville de Caen.

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