Festival 2019

Gisèle Vienne Crowd

  • Sadler's Wells
  • 8 & 9 October 2019

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On this hallucinatory rollercoaster you’ll be swept along by the intense emotions and collective euphoria of a committed party crowd, their innermost selves laid bare through intoxicating movement.

To the pulsating ebbs and flows of a techno-trance soundtrack, 15 mud-splattered individuals dance with articulate and stylised precision. Ritualistic scenes are slowed down to reveal moments of love, violence, intimacy and aversion amid exhilarating shifts in rhythm and pace.

Drawing on her own experiences in Berlin, Gisèle Vienne expertly harnesses the undulating, stuttering, liquid physicality of the club scene to magnify the interactions of a group of revellers. This trippy slice of life opened Dance Umbrella 2019 and represented a debut at Sadler’s Wells for the French choreographer, director and visual artist.

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Dance at the 2020 Olivier Awards.

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Sadler’s Wells
Supported by the Institut français as part of FranceDance UK

“A dazzling piece, transfixing and strangely resonant”

Gallery +

Photos: Estelle Hanania

  • Gisèle Vienne Crowd
  • Gisèle Vienne Crowd
  • Gisèle Vienne Crowd
  • Gisèle Vienne Crowd

Creative team & performers +

Creative team

  • Gisèle Vienne
    Conception, Choreography & Scenography
  • Anja Röttgerkamp and Nuria Guiu Sagarra
    Assistants to Gisèle Vienne
  • Underground Resistance, KTL, Vapour Space, DJ Rolando, Drexciya, The Martian, Choice, Jeff Mills, Peter Rehberg, Manuel Göttsching, Sun Electric and Global Communication
  • Peter Rehberg
    Edits, playlist selection
  • Stephen O’Malley
    Sound Diffusion Supervisor
  • Adrien Michel
    Sound Engineer
  • Patrick Riou
    Lighting Designer
  • Gisèle Vienne in collaboration with Camille Queval and the performers
  • Richard Pierre
    Technical Manager
  • Antoine Hordé
    Stage Manager
  • Arnaud Lavisse
    Light Manager
  • Gisèle Vienne and Denis Cooper
  • Margret Sara Guðjónsdóttir and Louise Bentkowski
    Special Thanks


  • Philip Berlin, Marine Chesnais, Sylvain Decloitre, Sophie Demeyer, Vincent Dupuy, Massimo Fusco, Rehin Hollant, Georges Labbat, Oskar Landström, Theo Livesey, Louise Perming, Katia Petrowick, Jonathan Schatz, Henrietta Wallberg and Tyra Wigg

Awards & Nominations +

Olivier Awards 2020
Outstanding achievement in dance (nominated)
Gisèle Vienne for her choreography of Crowd, presented by Dance Umbrella at Sadler’s Wells

National Dance Awards 2020
Best Modern Choreography (nominated)
Gisèle Vienne for Crowd

Press +

Nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Dance at the 2020 Olivier Awards

“A dazzling piece, transfixing and strangely resonant”
★★★★ The Guardian

“Bold, visually arresting dance designed with cinematic flair”
★★★★ The Stage

“You have to marvel at the skill and precision of the dancers”
★★★★ Dance Tabs

Credits +

Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Sadler’s Wells
Supported by the Institut Français as part of FranceDance UK

FranceDance UK, presented by the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, is aunique contemporary dance festival running from August to November 2019, during which 16 leading institutions throughout the UK will host over 50 performances by 14 young and promising French artists. With a focus on creation and innovation, the festival particularly highlights diversity and the work of women choreographers, many of whom are present in the UKfor the first time.


FranceDance UK is supported by the Friends of the French Institute Trust, with particular acknowledgement to Aline Foriel-Destezet and Stéphanie and Jacques Gabillon.

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

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

Support CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique national de Grenoble / CND Centre national de la danse

Venue and access information +



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