Gisèle Vienne

L’Etang

L’Etang
L’Etang

18.11 – 20.11.2021

Gisèle Vienne returns to Kaaitheater with a text adaptation by the Swiss writer Robert Walser (1878-1956). L'Etang (the pond) is a musical theatre play about a child who feels unloved by his mother. At the height of his despair and as an ultimate attempt to win her love, he feigns suicide in a pond. Two actresses play the mother and the neighbour, the children and teenagers of the village are embodied by seven human-sized dolls – which often appear in Vienne's work. Her partner(-in-crime) Stephen O'Malley from cult group SUN O))) is once more responsible for the music. L'Etang reveals a universe in which multiple layers of meaning and time roll over one another. The fragile order of the piece seems to suggest subcutaneous chaos.

• After studying philosophy, the Franco-Austrian theatre maker Gisèle Vienne also trained as a puppeteer. She has been creating performances since 2004, several of which have appeared at Kaaitheater: This Is How You Want Disappear, The Pyre, The Ventriloquists Convention and – most recently – the slow-motion techno performance CROWD.


conception, direction, scenography, dramaturgy Gisèle Vienne | performed by Adèle Haenel & Ruth Vega Fernandez | lights Yves Godin | sound design Adrien Michel | music direction Stephen F. O'Malley | original music Stephen F. O’Malley & François J. Bonnet | based on the original story Der Teich (The Pond) by Robert Walser | tour assistant Sophie Demeyer | outside view Dennis Cooper & Anja Rottgerkamp | French translation Lucie Taïeb | from the German translation by Händl Klaus & Raphael Urweider| collaboration to the scenography Maroussia Vaes | conception of puppets Gisèle Vienne | creation of puppets Raphaël Rubbens, Dorothéa Vienne-Pollak & Gisèle Vienne in collaboration with Théâtre National de Bretagne | stage set production Nanterre-Amandiers CDN | set and accessories Gisèle Vienne, Camille Queval & Guillaume Dumont | costumes Gisèle Vienne, Camille Queval & Pauline Jakobiak | wig & make-up artist Mélanie Gerbeaux | technical manager Richard Pierre | sound engineer Mareike Trillhaas | light manager Iannis Japiot & Samuel Dosière | stage manager Antoine Hordé | performance created in collaboration with Kerstin Daley-Baradel | special thanks Etienne Bideau-Rey, Nelson Canart, Patric Chiha, Zac Farley, César Van Looy, Jean-Paul Vienne | production & distribution Alma Office: Anne-Lise Gobin, Alix Sarrade, Camille Queval & Andrea Kerr | administration Etienne Hunsinger & Giovanna Rua | production DACM / Company Gisèle Vienne | co-production Nanterre-Amandiers CDN, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg, Holland Festival, Fonds Transfabrik, Centre Culturel André Malraux, Comédie de Genève, La Filature, Le Manège, MC2: Grenoble, Ruhrtriennale, Tandem, Scène nationale, Kaserne Basel, International Summer Festival Kampnagel, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Théâtre Garonne, CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique national de Grenoble, BIT Teatergarasjen, Black Box Teater | with the support of CN D Centre national de la danse, La Colline – théâtre national and Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne | thanks to Point Ephémèren & SMEM Playroom | the Company Gisèle Vienne is supported by Ministère de la culture et de la Communication – DRAC Grand Est, the Région Grand Est and Ville de Strasbourg | the company is supported by the Institut Français for international touring | Gisèle Vienne is an associated artist at the CN D Centre national de la danse and at the Théâtre National de Bretagne