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Gisèle Vienne (France, 1976)
Artist, choreographer and stage designer.
After finishing her studies in philosophy and music, she attended the school of puppeteers at the École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. She has ever since worked regularly with writer Dennis Cooper, musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley and lighting technician Patrick Riou.
Founded in 1999, the company named after her showcases a repertoire of 15 pieces. The first ones, created in collaboration with Etienne Bideau-Rey include Splendid (2000), Showroomdummies (2001), Stéréotypie (2003) and Tranen Veinzen (2004).
Some of her most famous pieces, presented in different cities of the world, are I Apologize (2004), Kindertotenlieder (2007), Jerk, un radiodrame (2007), This is how you will disappear (2010), LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011), The Pyre (2013), The Ventriloquists Convention (2015), created in collaboration with the puppet theater Puppentheater Halle, and Crowd (2017).
Vienne has exhibited her photographs and installations regularly since 2005. In 2011, she published Jerk / Through Their Tears (in collaboration with Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle) and 40 portraits.
LAST SPRING: A Prequel 40 portraits 2003-2008
Opening May 9
From May 10 to July 31
Tuesday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
LAST SPRING: A Prequel features a teenager, personified by a ventriloquist, animated doll, who interprets a schizophrenic dialogue with a glove puppet. Together, they evoke a space of uncertain realities for the spectator. The teenager has tried obsessively to draw the blueprints of this other space, whose architecture is reminiscent of a game. And so he reveals, in addition, the architecture of the space through the structure of the text he is interpreting...and is revealed as trapped in his own dialogue. This fake charlatan allows the viewer to obscurely discover the main axes of the game, and shows the psychosis form which he cannot escape.
Idea and direction: Gisèle Vienne Text and dramaturgy: Dennis Cooper Voice: Jonathan Capdevielle Music: Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley Lighting: Patrick Riou Light direction: Arnaud Lavisse Direction of puppets and animation: Raphaël Rubbens, Dorothéa Vienne-Pollak, Nicolas Herlin (CLSFX) and Gisèle Vienne Murals: Stephen O’Malley Sound installation and programming: Gérard d’Elia and Adrien Michel Electronic direction and programming of robotized puppets: Nicolas Darrot Executive production: DACM
LAST SPRING: A Prequel is a co-propduction between Le Quartz, Scène Nationale de Brest, Le Parvis, Scène Nationale de Tarbes – Pyrénées and Centre Pompidou de París. It received the support of Centre d’Art Passerelle – Brest, of the Espace HARD HAT – Geneva and the Conseil Général de l'Isère.
La Compagnie DACM works in agreement with the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC Grand Est, the Région Grand Est and the Ville de Strasbourg.
Gisèle Vienne regularly receives funding from the Institut Français - Ministère des Affaires Étrangères for tours aborad and is an associated artist of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre Dramatique National and the Théâtre National de Bretagne.
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Photographs of Gisèle Vienne
Gisèle Vienne creates photographic compositions in which the puppets from her shows become models striking poses. By addressing the ambiguities and troubles that are typical of adolescence, and by questioning the perspective that we as adults adopt towards this phase in life, the artist takes her sad, sometimes excessively made-up Lolita characters, and leads them towards a gradual transformation into androgynous beings.