Gisèle Vienne


Beauty of order and ruin appear in a forest landscape. The archetype of a contemporary myth will be found on stage.

Gisèle Vienne is an artist whose work receives much acclaim for the coexistence on stage of her elaborate puppets and live performers. Her first work to be presented in Japan is a distinct international collaboration with artists of different genres from Japan and around the world, including Shiro Takatani of Dumb Type, Fujiko Nakaya, Fog Artist, American writer Dennis Cooper and musicians Stephen O’ Malley and Peter Rehberg. The premiere of This is how you will disappear, which was warmly received at Festival d’Avignon in Summer 2010, will finally appear in the city of Kyoto, where Gisèle Vienne once stayed as residential artist.

Set in the real landscape of a forest filled with immense potential for transformation spreads on stage, there are three characters: a trainer who stands for authority and orderliness, a young female athlete for beauty linked to perfection, and a young rock star for beauty linked to ruin. Do they symbolize contradictory canons of beauty arising from contemporary culture? In the midst of prophetic poems resonating with natural phenomena, and the upheaval arising in the forest, in what form will “beauty” arrive? Can pleasure be derived from ruin and annihilation?

Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza
English with Japanese surtitles
Grenoble, France

Gisèle Vienne

Director of the company DACM. She is an associate artist at Le Quartz -Scène nationale de Brest. Vienne was born in 1976. After graduating from Philosophy at University, she studied at the puppeteering school École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. She’s a choreographer/director, performer and visual artist. Along with Etienne Bideau-Rey, she choreographed and staged Splendid’s by Jean Genet in 2000, Showroomdummies in 2001, Stéréotypie in 2003, and Tranen Veinzen in 2004. Since 2004, she has independently choreographed and directed I Apologize (2004), Une belle enfant blonde / A young, beautiful blonde girl (2005/Festival d’Avignon), Kindertotenlieder (2007), the play Jerk (2008), Eternelle Idole (2009) and rewrote with Etienne Bideau-Ray Showroomdummies (2009). Gisèle Vienne was awarded the Villa Kujoyama grant during fall 2007 and stayed in Kyoto for five months.

Conception, Directing, Choreography and ScenographyGisèle Vienne
Music written, Live Performance and DiffusionStephen O’Malley and Peter Rehberg
Text and Song LyricsDennis Cooper
Performed:, Created in and
Collaboration withJonathan Capdevielle, Margrét Sara Gudjónsdóttir, Jonathan Schatz
LightPatrick Riou
Fog SculptureFujiko Nakaya
VideoShiro Takatani
Japanese TranslationAkio Hamano
Executive ProducerDACM, with the collaboration of the Quartz, Scène nationale de Brest
Co-productionFestival d’Avignon, Le Quartz-Scène nationale de Brest, Festival/Tokyo, Steep Slope StudioYokohama, Steirischer Herbst-Graz, Comédie de Caen-Centre Dramatique National de Normandie, Centre Dramatique National Orléans/Loiret/Centre, Kyoto Experiment
Supported bySaison Foundation & EU Japan Fest, BIT Teatergarasjen-Bergen, Göteborg Dans & Teater Festival, Kampnagel-Hamburg, The National Theatre-Oslo, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort, dans le cadre de l’accueil studio, Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble, dans le cadre de l’accueil studio, résidence-association ArtZoyd, Le Phénix Scène nationale de Valenciennes
With the support ofJapan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, Étant donnés, the French- American Fund for the performing arts, a program of FACE, DICREAM ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Culturesfrance et la Ville de Grenoble, dans le cadre de la convention Culturesfrance-Ville de Grenoble, Service Culturel de l'Ambassade de France à Tokyo, SACD dans le cadre de son Fonds Musique de Scène
Thanks tol’Institut franco-japonais de Tokyo et la Villa Kujoyama, l’Institut francojaponais du Kansai-Kyoto.
The company DACM is supported byDrac Rhône-Alpes, Ministère de la culture et de la communication, Région Rhône-Alpes, Conseil Général de l’Isère and Ville de Grenoble and Culturesfrance for international tour
Presented byKyoto Experiment