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In Performance

In Performance: 2010 Gisèle Vienne New Work


Conception, direction, choregraphy & scenography Gisèle Vienne
Musical Direction Stephen O’Malley with 10 musicians
Text Dennis Cooper
Lights Patrick Riou
Video Shiro Takatani

Performed by and created in collaboration with
Margrét Sara Gudjónsdóttir, Jonathan Capdevielle et Jonathan Schatz

Executive producer : DACM
Coproduction (in progress) : Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest / Festival Tokyo / Steep Slope Studio-Yokohama / BIT Teatergarasjen – Bergen / Steirischer Herbst-Graz / Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort, in the framework of accueil studio / Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble, in the framework of accueil studio…
With the support of : Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program / Étant donnés, the French-American fund for the performing arts, a program of Face / Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France à Tokyo / Culturesfrance and Ville de Grenoble, in the framework of convention Culturesfrance-Ville de Grenoble
Thanks to : Institut franco-japonais de Tokyo and Villa Kujoyama, Institut franco-japonais du Kansai-Kyoto

The company DACM is supported by Drac Rhône-Alpes / Ministère de la culture et de la communication, Région Rhône-Alpes, Conseil Général de l’Isère and Ville de Grenoble ; and Culturesfrance for international tour.
Gisèle Vienne is associate artist at Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest

Having in our earlier works investigated states that could be considered oppositional, we now intend to investigate these seeming opposites within a single work. From questions related to a notion of beauty that is associated with perfection on one hand, and with imperfection on the other, we’ll approach different esthetical experiences that appear to be contradictory but are in fact indivisible. That brings us to questions having to do with Apollonian and Dionysian beauty, and, perhaps more importantly, regarding tragedy as it has been explored in Nietzsche’s writings – a consideration of tragedy as deriving from the reconciliation from these two opposing divinities.
The new work is set in a very naturalistic forest. What at first appears to be a realistic landscape grows increasingly symbolic as it is crossed by three characters in search of a spiritual experience. This landscape is shaped by their presence and their quests, evolving into an image less interested in representing nature than in reflecting the interior experiences of the characters.
The progression made possible via this type of landscape – from a beauty that is related to the order and strength of a benevolent nature to a chaos that defies the setting’s natural order – will evoke in particular the emotional transformation of one of the characters. His words and actions will question the differences between civilization and savagery as well as disturbingly articulate their inseparability. Our desires as well as the things that repulse us, provoked by esthetical experiences deriving from these opposite movements, cause our senses as well as our thoughts to waver and transform, evoking moral questions and dilemmas that form one of the constant thoroughfares of our lives.

First production July 2010

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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