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Gisèle Vienne
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Performance, Dance
German premiere

The setting is Europe, we are in the 21st century. A group of 15 young people arrange to meet for a rave. A DJ set composed and edited by Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley, video montages and the lighting design deliver the pulse for a virtuosic choreographic thrill. The ravers’ rituals, gestures and excesses turn into a play between retouched movements and distortions in time.

Gisèle Vienne, born in 1976, has been working as a director and choreographer since 1999. She often collaborates with writer Dennis Cooper and has, with her disturbing visual worlds, developed her own, unique theatrical language that consistently tells of the ambivalence of the beautiful and the uncanny, most recently in The Pyre (Centre Pompidou Paris, 2013), and The Ventriloquists Convention (Puppentheater Halle, 2015). In MENGE Gisèle Vienne mines her own experiences in the early 90s, when she plunged into the theatre and club scenes while going to school in Berlin. Peter Rehberg, musician and founder of the Editions Mego label, and Stephen O´Malley, head of the drone-band Sunn O))), take up these motifs in their music selection and mix, featuring tracks by artists such as Jeff Mills, Underground Resistance and Drexciya, who’ve shaped the sound in many Berlin clubs.

Production: DACM. Coproduction: Nanterre-Amandiers CDN, Le Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne, Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Le Manège Scène nationale de Reims, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Rennes, CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre, BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), La Filature Scène nationale de Mulhouse. Mit der Unterstützung von CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble und CND Centre national de la danse.


With: 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 Wallberg, Tyra Wigg

Concept, choreography and scenography: Gisèle Vienne
Costumes: Gisèle Vienne, Camille Quéval und die Performer*innen
Lighting: Patrick Riou
Sound: Adrien Michel
Dramaturgy: Gisèle Vienne, Denis Cooper
Music: Peter Rehberg, Stephen O'Malley
With Music by: Underground Resistance, KTL, Vapour Space, DJ Rolando, Drexciya, The Martian, Choice, Jeff Mills, Peter Rehberg, Manuel Göttsching, Sun Electric, Global Communication
Assistant choreography: Anja Röttgerkamp, Nuria Guiu Sagarra

press voices

„Die französisch-österreichische Choreografin brilliert mit ihrem jüngsten Stück bei den Wiener Festwochen. (...) Nach hinreißenden hundert Minuten sind alle schmutzig, verschwitzt und erschöpft. Die Nacht räumt die Party weg, bis auf drei Leftovers, deren Verharren ein Open End suggeriert. “ - Der Standard

Helmut Ploebst, 01.06.18

„Techno aus Detroit, visuelle Halluzinationen, ein Trancezustand von Abenden, die nicht enden: Die Choreographin Gisèle Vienne katapultiert die Zuschauer in das Herz eines Raves." - Mouvement, Nr. 92

Léa Poiré, 01.11.17

„Gisèle Vienne bedient sich einer ganzen Palette kinematografischer Effekte, um unsere Blicke zu lenken und einen emotional aufgeladenen Zustand herbeizuführen." - Poly, Nr. 203

Thomas Flagel, 30.11.17


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