Rave parties as a modern ritual
The works of the Franco-Austrian Gisèle Vienne explore humanity with its often dark and secretly violent sides. Crowd, which premiered in 2017, brings 15 dancers onto a simplified stage for a night-time party, between dream and reality.
Exploring rave parties as a modern ritual, Crowd slides from the chaotic to the cathartic and from the harrowing to the hypnotic. The dancer’s slow, fragmented movements and brief intimate encounters strip bare the entire emotional spectrum.
Please note that the lighting used in this performance is brighter than usual.
30 years of electronic music
A philosophy graduate, Vienne (b. 1976) creates stage works that defy simple categorisations with her trusted collaborators including author-poet Dennis Cooper and musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley, whose duo KTL is also heard in Crowd. The playlist curated for the work by Peter Rehberg covers 30 years of electronic music history from Berlin to Detroit.
Concept, choreography and scenography Gisèle Vienne
Assisted by Anja Röttgerkamp & Nuria Guiu Sagarra
Music Underground Resistance, KTL, Vapour Space, DJ Rolando, Drexciya, The Martian, Choice, Jeff Mills, Peter Rehberg, Manuel Göttsching, Sun Electric & Global Communication
Edits and playlist selection Peter Rehberg
Sound diffusion superviser Stephen O’Malley
Sound engineer Adrien Michel
Light design Patrick Riou
Dramaturgy Gisèle Vienne & Denis Cooper
Performers Philip Berlin, Marine Chesnais, Georges Labbat, Sylvain Decloitre, Sophie Demeyer, Vincent Dupuy, Massimo Fusco, Rémi Hollant, Oskar Landström, Theo Livesey, Louise Perming, Katia Petrowick, Jonathan Schatz, Henrietta Wallberg & Tyra Wigg
Coproduction Nanterre-Amandiers CDN, Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène Européenne, Wiener Festwochen, Manège, Scène Nationale de Reims, Théâtre National de Bretagne,
CDN Orléans/Loiret/Centre, La Filature,Scène Nationale Mulhouse, BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen – DRAC Grand Est, Région Grand Est, Ville de Strasbourg
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.
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