On a summer’s night, a group of young people join together in an open field in order to dance. It isn’t clear who they are, why they have come together in this place or what’s the relationship between them, but the intensity of the electronic music and the proximity of their bodies repeatedly lead to short lived encounters and minor conflicts, thus turning the rave party into an emotional roller coaster, full of latent eroticism. In a virtuous game with time and movement, Gisèle Vienne and her group of young dancers dissect events, sometimes reducing their pace to an impressively precise slow motion, sometimes outlining them with brisk and sudden movements. The dance floor becomes a metaphor for contemporary society and its mechanisms for dealing with the erotic and aggressive impulses of the human being. The soundtrack revisits the electronic dance music of the 1990s, filling the auditorium with the pulsating techno of the Underground Resistance, together with tracks among others by Drexciya, Jeff Mills, Vapour Space, Choice and Sun Electric.
Gisèle Vienne is one of the central figures of the new French dance. Since 2004, she has created various major and influential works, such as I Apologize, Jerk, This is how you will disappear and The Ventriloquist Convention.
Conception, choreography and scenography
Anja Röttgerkamp and Nuria Guiu Sagarra
Gisèle Vienne and Denis Cooper
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
Mix, edits, playlist selection
Sound diffusion supervisor
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
Gisèle Vienne in collaboration with Camille Queval and the performers
Margret Sara Guðjónsdóttir and Louise Bentkowski.
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