A cool night, the smell of damp earth, 15 young dancers. Joy and anticipation are palpable. When the techno beat begins, a complex web of emotions, longings and tensions develops in the microcosm of a dance-loving community. Intoxicating, threatening and liberating forces unite in the collective ritual of movement.
Gisèle Vienne, a Franco-Austrian director, choreographer and visual artist, meticulously explores the conflicts that flare up within a group of young people. Does violence also have positive potential? Can it be regarded as a constructive part of a society? 1990s Berlin – techno, punk and Love Parade – is as much an inspiration for Gisèle Vienne as contemporary club culture and archaic rituals. Carried by Peter Rehberg’s tracks selection , and in an electrifying synergy with light and movement, the magic of a rave unfolds. Oscillating between a daydream and a trance, Crowd makes our linear perception of time stand still.
- Artistic Team and Cast
Conception, choreography and scenography Gisèle Vienne
Assisted by Anja Röttgerkamp and Nuria Guiu Sagarra
Mix, Edits, Playlist Peter Rehberg
Music by Underground Resistance, KTL, Vapour Space, DJ Rolando, Drexciya, The Martian, Choice, Jeff Mills, Peter Rehberg, Manuel Göttsching, Sun Electric and Global Communication
Sound diffusion supervisor Stephen O’Malley
Sound engineer Adrien Michel
Lighting design Patrick Riou
Light manager Arnaud Lavisse
Dramaturgy Gisèle Vienne and Denis Cooper
Costumes Gisèle Vienne in collaboration with Camille Queval and the performers
Technical manager Richard Pierre
Stage manager Antoine Hordé
With 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
Executive producer DACM
Coproduced by Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national, Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg - Scène européenne, Wiener Festwochen, manège, scène nationale - reims, Le Théâtre national de Bretagne, Rennes, CDN Orléans, Loiret, Centre, La Filature, scène nationale de Mulhouse, BIT Teatergarasjen
Supported by 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 since 2014, and at the Théâtre National de Bretagne / Rennes – Direction Arthur Nauzyciel
Gisèle Vienne is a franco-austrian artist, choreographer and director. After graduating in Philosophy, she studied at the puppeteering school Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. She works regularly with, among others, the writers Dennis Cooper, the musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O'Malley, the light designer Patrick Riou and the actor Jonathan Capdevielle. Since the company was founded in 1999, 14 shows have been created.