Gisèle Vienne

In collaboration with Veranos de la Villa, Naves Matadero releases in Spain Crowd, a work by Gisèle Vienne that reflects on the relationship that humans have with violence as an element of civilized society.


The work of Franco-Austrian playwright, visual artist, puppeteer, choreographer, set designer and director Gisèle Vienne deals with everything that is not seen nor heard. A creator of dark and unsettling universes, her work ruffles feathers and “captivates us because it forces us to examine the (somewhat unclear) connection we have with our fantasies and with that dark side that is created by the manipulation, dominance and violence that make up interpersonal relations", in the analytical words of Bernard Vouilloux, a professor of Literature and Visual Arts at the Sorbonne. However, not only can the pulsations of Vienne’s art be felt in and on the most prestigious avant-garde festivals and stages, they also need to be present in different disciplines. After taking her degree in Philosophy, she studied at the puppetry school “École Superieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette”, where she met Étienne Bideau-Rey, with whom she created her first five shows. Since 2004 she has choreographed and directed ten plays in collaboration with such artists as the controversial American writer Dennis Cooper, the writer Catherine Robbe-Grillet, musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O'Malley, the light designer Patrick Riou and the actor Jonathan Capdevielle.

She has created art installations such as Last Spring: A Prequel, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, exhibitions such as Teenage Hallucination, part of the Nouveau Festival at the Pompidou Centre in 2012, and she has published photography books such as 40 Portraits, 2003-2008, with Dennis Cooper and Pierre Dourthe.

Crowd reflects on the relationship that humans have with violence as an element of civilized society. The protagonists are a group of young people at an electronic music rave in 21st century Europe. “The intensity of the music and the emotion that unites these people in this place creates an ideal situation for something akin to an emotional roller coaster, or more specifically, a great number of interrelated disorders”, Vienne explains. “The pleasure, desires and erotic tensions generated by such situations are the central elements of this piece, they determine the behaviour of the people on stage, and the relationship of these people with violence”. The choreography and staging plays with movement and time, in slow motion, so that the audience can contemplate with precision the details of certain behaviours with which they empathize.

Emotions also flow from the vibration of the music. Created during the early 1990s by the musicians of the Detroit Underground Resistance Group, it causes emotion in the entire group of young people. The result is an intimate journey into the depths of our impulses.

Crowd premières in Spain in collaboration with the Veranos de la Villa Festival.



Conception, choreography and 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
Mix, edits, playlist selection: Peter Rehberg
Sound diffusion supervisor: Stephen O’Malley
Sound engineer: Adrien Michel
Light design: Patrick Riou
Dramaturgy: Gisèle Vienne and Denis Cooper
Performers: 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, Nuria Guiu Sagarra and Tyra Wigg
Production & booking: Alma Office, Anne-Lise Gobin, Alix Sarrade & Camille Queval // Administration Etienne Hunsinger
Executive producer: DACM
Coproducers : Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national / Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg - Scène européenne / Wiener Festwochen / manège, scène nationale - reims / Théâtre national de Bretagne, direction Arthur Nauziciel / 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

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 CND and at the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Direction Arthur Nauzyciel.

6 and 7 july


90 minutes
Nave 11. Sala Fernando Arrabal

15 euros