Crowd, Gisèle Vienne | Photo Estelle Hanania


Discover Gisèle Vienne’s work from the materials of her new piece CROWD: stillness; living picture; still motion and disassembled movements.
Intermediate level


Click here to find out more about CROWD by Gisèle Vienne, at Sadler’s Wells 8 – 9 October as part of DU 19


Supported by FranceDance UK

Gisèle Vienne was born in 1976. She is a franco-austrian artist, choreographer and director. After graduating in Philosophy, she studied at the puppeteering school Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. She works regularly with, among other, the writers Dennis Cooper, the musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley, and the light designer Patrick Riou. Since the company was founded in 1999, 14 shows have been created. She has choreographed and directed, in collaboration with the writer Dennis Cooper, I Apologize (2004) and Une belle enfant blonde / A young, beautiful blond girl (2005), Kindertotenlieder (2007) and Jerk, a radioplay in the framework of the “Atelier de Création Radiophonique” of France Culture (June 2007), the play Jerk (2008), Eternelle Idole (2009) with an ice skater and an actor, This is how you will disappear (2010), LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011), Showroomdummies #3 rewriting of the piece created in 2001 with Etienne Bideau-Rey that is now part of the CCN-Ballet de Lorraine repertoire, The Pyre (2013), The Ventriloquists Convention (2015) in collaboration with Puppentheater Halle and Crowd (2017). Since 2005, she has been frequently exhibiting her photographs and installations. Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle published an audio book in 2 versions French and English: JERK / Through Their Tears (publisher DIS VOIR). She has published a book 40 PORTRAITS 2003-2008, in collaboration with Dennis Cooper and Pierre Dourthe (publisher P.O.L). Currently she is working on a show based on Robert Walser short story Der Teich.


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Supported by 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.