A crowd of young adults possessed by a contagious excitement poses a question: How much do we desire violence?
In addition to its dramaturgical and formal perfection, the work of Gisèle Vienne disturbs and disquiets audiences. Vienne carefully dissects and ascertains the darkness that resides within us all.
The stage is a party spontaneously organized by a group of young adults in 21st-century Europe. Attracted by the intense excitement and music, they are high on a kind of emotional roller coaster. Their unrestrained movement is contagious and overwhelming. The music that stimulates them comprises mainly of Detroit techno tracks from the early 1990s, as well as original music by the duo KTL (Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley).
On the other hand, the “subtexts” created by Vienne with the writer Dennis Cooper and the 15 dancers are not voiced at all. Their words are rather translated into diverse movements that immerse the audience in a vast number of simultaneous narratives.
This crowd forms a community that experiences particularly intense emotions and reaches a state where their senses are very much heightened.
- South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
- Strasbourg, France
Born in 1976, Gisèle Vienne is a franco-austrian artist, choreographer and director. After graduating in Philosophy she studied puppeteering at the L’Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. Vienne works regularly with, among others, the writer Dennis Cooper, the musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley and the light designer Patrick Riou. In collaboration with Dennis Cooper, Vienne has choreographed and directed fourteen works which have been presented at institutions such as Volksbühne Berlin and international festivals such as Festival d’Avignon. Since 2005 she has also frequently exhibited photographs and installations. This year L’Association de la Critique awarded Vienne the Grand Prix award in dance for her work CROWD. Following This is How You Will Disappear in 2010, this marks Vienne’s second appearance at Kyoto Experiment.
|Conception, choreography and scenography||Gisèle Vienne|
|Assisted by||Anja Röttgerkamp and Nuria Guiu Sagarra|
|Music selections from||Underground Resistance, KTL, Vapour Space, DJ Rolando, Drexciya, The Martian, Choice, Jeff Mills, Peter Rehberg, Manuel Göttsching, Sun Electric and Global Communication|
|Edits & playlist selection||Peter Rehberg|
|Sound diffusion supervisor||Stephen O’Malley|
|Sound engineer||Adrien Michel|
|Light design||Patrick Riou|
|Dramaturgy||Gisèle Vienne and Denis Cooper|
|Performers||Philip Berlin, Marine Chesnais, Kerstin Daley-Baradel, Sylvain Decloitre, Sophie Demeyer, Vincent Dupuy, Massimo Fusco, Nuria Guiu Sagarra, Rémi Hollant, Oskar Landström, Theo Livesey, Louise Perming, Katia Petrowick, Jonathan Schatz and Henrietta Wallberg|
|Production & booking||Alma Office, Anne-Lise Gobin, Alix Sarrade & Camille Queval|
|Coproducers||Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national / Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg - Scène européenne / Wiener Festwochen / manège, scène nationale - reims / Théâtre national de Bretagne, direction Arthur Nauzyciel / Centre Dramatique National Orléans/ Loiret/Centre / La Filature, Scène nationale - Mulhouse / BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen.|
|The Company Gisèle Vienne is supported by Ministère de la culture et de la communication – DRAC Grand Est, la Région Grand Est and Ville de Strasbourg.|
|The company is supported by Institut Français for international touring.|
|Support||CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique national de Grenoble // CND Centre national de la danse (Pantin)|
|Supported by||the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018, Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon|
|Presented by||KYOTO EXPERIMENT, KYOTO STEAM— World cultural exchange festival—Executive Committee|
|Gisèle Vienne is associate artist at Nanterre Amandiers, centre dramatique national and at Théâtre National de Bretagne, Direction Arthur Nauzyciel.|