Mirliflor was awarded the Golden Mask 2011 (National Theatre Award in Russia) for the best contemporary dance performance.


Choreography: Karine Ponties and Dialogue Dance Company

Dance: Ivan Estegneev, Mariya Kachalkova, Tatyana Karavanova, Evgeny Kulagin

Choreography assistant: Eric Domeneghetty

Original music: David Monceau

Light design: Pavla Beranova

Length: 50 minutes

Working the contained interior elegance that carries four dancers and deforming them by creating strange characters. The gestural eccentricities of these individuals create strangely familiar statements that make no attempt to imitate life, but restore its docile and at the same time grotesque undulations. Four shifting dreamers.In a place beyond time, with, as the only elements, a chair and a table… A waiting room, an antechamber… A place of autopsy, order or disorder, dreams. Pushed, knocked about, we leave.

“While the majority of European choreographers looked at our cities and realities as if they were looking at them from the other side of a zoo cage (with one fear – will they withstand the scrutiny?) Ponties created a performance about internal not external things, about this gentle and dangerous animal seeking love that lives in each and every one of us, regardless of nationality and address. Her work alone justifies the great initiative that is ‘Intradance: European and Russian Contemporary Dance Festival’.”

“One of the most coherent pieces of the Festival”.

It is a sensational, stunning and amazingly moving performance.”