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.


Presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Sadler’s Wells

Supported by the Institut français as part of FranceDance UK

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, 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


For Kerstin

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