Compagnie Pernette

La Figure du Gisant

La Figure du Gisant searches for mystical places at the crack of dawn or at dusk.

Places surrounded by buildings, courtyards, abandoned spaces, museums, abbeys and even cemeteries.

Cie Pernette, together with local amateur dancers, transform these sites and create a mythical experience for the audience.

The performance is inspired by the ‘gisant’; the recumbent statue.

What would happen if these ‘gisants’ were brought back to life?

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
Dancers   Lucien Brabec, Lisa Guerrero, Nathalie Pernette, Vincent Simon and Laure Wernly
Music   Franck Gervais
Scenography   Daniel Pernette
Costumes   Fabienne Desflèches (in partnership with the students of the Diplôme des Métiers d’Arts of the lycée Pasteur-Mont Roland in Dole)
Sound   Cyrille Hentzel
Technical and light direction   Caroline Nguyen

Le Centre des monuments nationaux, Association NA/Compagnie Pernette, L’Abattoir – CNAREP à Chalon sur Saône, Atelier 231 – CNAREP à Sotteville-lès-Rouen, La Coopérative 2R2C à Paris, Le Gallia Théâtre – Scène conventionnée de Saintes, L’Avant-Scène à Cognac, Les Usines Boinot – CNAREP à Poitou-Charentes, Théâtre La Passerelle, Scène national à Gap et des Alpes du Sud, Les 2 Scènes – Scène national de Besançon dans le cadre d’un Contrat Urbain de Cohésion Sociale

Conseil départemental du Doubs, Ville de Besançon, l’ADAMI, Région of Poitou-Charentes.