Gisèle Vienne [FR]


26.01 – 27.01.2018

Dance and exhilarating violence

According to Gisèle Vienne, the theatre stage is a microcosm where you can study individual and collective emotions, in order to acquire a better understanding of human behaviour. In CROWD, she focuses on violence. Contrary to the discourse that labels all violence as barbaric, she looks for manifestations of violence that do play a valuable, positive role in society. Starting with rituals and celebrations – from the archaic to the contemporary – she brings a group of 15 youngsters together who dance to techno music. They dance to a DJ set by Peter Rehberg that combines the electronic beats of the 90s with a more intimate composition by the ground-breaking duo KTL (Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley). 

These sounds have been stimulating our senses for the past thirty years. They have found their way from the underground into the mainstream and contribute to determining the relationship between our bodies and our movements. Vienne’s choreography is inspired by the many different ways in which bodies are represented nowadays, but also by these musical influences. The short, fitful movements – which continuously interrupt one another to go in different directions – show similarities with contemporary film editing and special effects. At the same time, you will discover the blissful and potentially liberating aspects of violence in all its forms in this choppy flow.

conception, choreography, scenography Gisèle Vienne | assisted by Anja Röttgerkamp & Nuria Guiu Sagarra | performed by Philip Berlin, Marine Chesnais, Kerstin Daley-Baradel, Sylvain Decloitre, Sophie Demeyer, Vincent Dupuy, Massimo Fusco, Rémi Hollant, Oskar Landström, Theo Livesey, Louise Perming, Katia Petrowick, Jonathan Schatz, Henrietta Wallber, Tyra Wigg | mix, edits & playlist selection Peter Rehberg | sound diffusion supervisor Stephen O’Malley | sound engineer Adrien Michel | light design Patrick Riou | dramaturgy Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper | production Alma Office | executive production DACM | co-production Nanterre-Amandiers, Maillon Théâtre De Strasbourg, Wiener Festwochen, Le Manège Scène Nationale De Reims, Le Théâtre National De Bretagne, Cdn Orléans, Loiret / Centre, La Filature, Scène Nationale De Mulhouse, Bit Teatergarasjen | support CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique national de Grenoble, CND Centre national de la danse

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Just like Meg Stuart, EUROPALIA INDONESIA gave theatre director Gisèle Vienne carte blanche to explore Indonesian culture. She immersed herself in the magical world of performative rituals full of masks and puppets.