Gisèle Vienne: Crowd

A group of young people gather to dance, alone and together at the same time. A pulsating techno beat fills the air, sweat soaks their clothes and mud stains their trainers.

The works of the Franco-Austrian Gisèle Vienne explore humanity with its often dark and secretly violent sides. Crowd, which premiered in 2017, brings 15 dancers onto a simplified stage for a night-time party, between dream and reality.

Exploring rave parties as a modern ritual, Crowd slides from the chaotic to the cathartic and from the harrowing to the hypnotic. The dancer’s slow, fragmented movements and brief encounters strip bare the entire emotional spectrum from euphoria to hatred. The playlist curated for the work by Peter Rehberg covers 30 years of electronic music history from Berlin to Detroit.

A philosophy graduate, Vienne (b. 1976) creates stage works that defy simple categorisations with her trusted collaborators including author-poet Dennis Cooper and musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley, whose duo KTL is also heard in Crowd.

Concept, choreography and scenography: Gisèle Vienne
Assisted by: Anja Röttgerkamp & 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 & Global Communication
Edits, playlist selection: Peter Rehberg
Sound diffusion supervisor: Stephen O’Malley
Sound engineer: Adrien Michel
Light design: Patrick Riou
Dramaturgy: Gisèle Vienne & Dennis Cooper
Performers: Philip Berlin, Marine Chesnais, Georges Labbat, Sylvain Decloitre, Sophie Demeyer, Vincent Dupuy, Massimo Fusco, Rémi Hollant, Oskar Landström, Theo Livesey, Louise Perming, Katia Petrowick, Jonathan Schatz, Henrietta Wallberg & Tyra Wigg
Producer: DACM
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.
Supported by: CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique national de Grenoble / CND Centre national de la danse

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.

Gisèle Vienne is associate artist at the Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national and at the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Direction Arthur Nauzyciel

The visit is produced in collaboration with Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation and Dance House Helsinki.

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