Dennis Cooper

In Performance: Gisèle Vienne’s Kindertotenlieder (France)

KTL Video NSFW “Poetry leads to the same space as all forms of eroticism, to the blending and fusion of separate objects. It leads us to eternity, it leads us to death, and through death to continuity…“ Georges Bataille “Eroticism“ “Jonathan: The idea of raping and killing you just triggered off its million billionth hard on, but this one is God‘s. That‘s my gift to you. Ghost: I‘m boring. You‘re boring. Sex is boring. Being tortured is boring. Being killed is boring.” Welcome to the nightmare factory of French theatre maker, performance and doll artist Gisèle Vienne! In “Kindertotenlieder”, a hyper-aestheticised performance-installation of a winter landscape, constructed from fantasies, obsessions and fears, she takes us on a journey into an emotional maze blurring the b...

Highlights- APAP MEGA Listings: UTR, Coil, American Realness, and Off The Map

As we move into this next exciting week of too many shows to possible see during the APAP conference, Under The Radar Festival, Coil Festival, American Realness Festival, and some non-festival performances that are “Off The Map”, we’ve put together our master highlights list. Good Luck and post back and let us know what you thought of the shows. Off the Map ATTA BOY by Brian Bauman Thurs. Jan 13 @ 8pm Fri. Jan 14 @ 8pm Sat. Jan 15 @ 8pm Wild Project 195 East 3rd Street Tickets are $15. To reserve your seats, email brian@perfectdisgrace.com ATTA BOY follows Homer, a middle-aged Pakistani-American engineer, and Matthew, a surly teenaged outcast, as they meet for secret rendezvous at a local holiday inn. This is no ordinary affair. The play is a collage performance, and inco...

In Performance: Gisèle Vienne – This is how you will disappear

Gisèle Vienne – This is how you will disappear: [singlepic id=301 w=590 h= float=] Everything starts in a forest. Extremely natural, inhabited by a buzzard in feathers and bones, this wooded landscape is staged like the reflection of the interior experiences of the characters who cross it. Depending on the light, mist and sound atmosphere, the metamorphosis capacity of the place is astonishing, following the example of the feelings driving the spectators, which go from harmony to danger, from the experience of beauty to anxiety in front of nature. It is through the spectacle of the forest that each individual dialogues with his private impressions, sometimes the most secret, like an entry into oneself, both individual and collective. But the forest is alive, full of tales, images, fa...

In Performance: Gisèle Vienne + Dennis Cooper 2008 Production of JERK

A description of the 2008 production of Jerk by Dennis Cooper and directed by the French Artist, Gisèle Vienne. Jerk” is an imaginary reconstruction – strange, poetic, funny and somber – of the crimes perpetrated by American serial killer Dean Corll who, with the help of teenagers David Brooks and Wayne Henley, killed more than twenty boys in the state of Texas during the mid-70s. This show sees David Brooks serving his life sentence. In prison, he learns the art of puppets, which somehow enables him to face up to his responsibility as partner in the crimes. He has written a show that reconstructs the murders committed by Dean Corll, using puppets for all the roles. He performs his show in prison for a class of psychology students from a local university. Due to the violence and humor of t...