Masterful … you’d better fasten your seatbelts”
Springback Magazine


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 opens Dance Umbrella 2019 and represents a debut at Sadler’s Wells for the French choreographer, director and visual artist.


Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Sadler’s Wells
Supported by the Institut français as part of FranceDance UK
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Conception, Choreography & Scenography Gisèle Vienne
Assisted by Anja Röttgerkamp and 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 and Global Communication
Edits, playlist selection Peter Rehberg
Sound Diffusion Supervisor Stephen O’Malley
Sound Engineer  Adrien Michel
Lighting Designer Patrick Riou
Costumes Gisèle Vienne in collaboration with Camille Queval and the performers
Sound Engineer Adrien Michel
Technical Manager Richard Pierre
Stage Manager Antoine Hordé
Light Manager Arnaud Lavisse
Dramaturgy Gisèle Vienne and Denis Cooper
Special Thanks Margret Sara Guðjónsdóttir and Louise Bentkowski
Performers 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 and Tyra Wigg
Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Sadler’s Wells
Supported by the Institut Français as part of FranceDance UK
FranceDance UK is a unique contemporary dance festival running from August to November 2019, during which 17 leading institutions throughout the UK will host over 50 performances by 15 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 UK for the first time.
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