Gisèle Vienne, Robert Walser
Language French with German and English surtitles
Duration 80 min
Prices EUR 25 / 35
Previous dates
25 May
Time 8.30pm
26 May
Time 8.30pm
27 May
Time 8.30pm
28 May
Time 6pm
Other dates
© Jean Louis Fernandez
© Jean Louis Fernandez
© Estelle Hanania
© Estelle Hanania
  • Paperfree evening programme

    Please find an interview with Gisèle Vienne here.

  • Q & A

    26 May, following the performance

  • Thanks to

    The performances in Vienna are supported by Institut français d'Autriche.

In 1902 the writer Robert Walser wrote the remarkable play Der Teich (The Pond). The protagonist, Fritz, feels totally unloved and fakes his own death by drowning in order to gain some sort of approval for his existence from the reactions of his parents and siblings. Transposed into contemporary French and directed by choreographer Gisèle Vienne, this short, utterly unsettling family drama becomes a study of power relations. The two actors Adèle Haenel and Henrietta Wallberg show, with disquieting precision, how normative authority becomes inscribed in bodies and voices. They move in slow motion through a white sterile space in which intense changes in lighting and distorted sound exaggerate every occurrence. While the multiple award-winning Haenel flits between the various children’s roles, Wallberg embodies the abusively violent roles of the parents. A claustrophobic gem resplendent with stunning acting.

  • Artistic Team

    Conception, Direction, Scenography, Dramaturgy Gisèle Vienne Based on the play The Pond by Robert Walser With Adèle Haenel, Henrietta Wallberg Text Adaptation Adèle Haenel, Julie Shanahan, Henrietta Wallberg in collaboration with Gisèle Vienne Lights Yves Godin Sound design Adrien Michel Musical direction Stephen F. O'Malley Original music Stephen F. O’Malley, François J. Bonnet Tour assistant Sophie Demeyer Outside eye Dennis Cooper, Anja Rottgerkamp Collaboration scenography Maroussia Vaes Conception of puppets Gisèle Vienne Creation of puppets Raphaël Rubbens, Dorothéa Vienne-Pollak, Gisèle Vienne in collaboration with Théâtre National de Bretagne Set production Nanterre-Amandiers CDN Set, Props Gisèle Vienne, Camille Queval, Guillaume Dumont Costumes Gisèle Vienne, Camille Queval Wigs, Make-up Mélanie Gerbeaux Artistic collaboration Kerstin Daley-Baradel, Ruth Vega Fernandez Technical management Erik Houllier Sound engineering Adrien Michel Light management Samuel Dosière Stage management Jack McWeeny Production, Distribution Alma Office (Anne-Lise Gobin, Alix Sarrade, Camille Queval, Andrea Kerr) Administration Etienne Hunsinger, Giovanna Rua

    Special thanks to Etienne Bideau-Rey, Nelson Canart, Zac Farley, Pauline Jakobiak, Tristan Lahoz, Richard Pierre, César Van Looy, Jean-Paul Vienne

  • Production

    Production DACM / Company Gisèle Vienne Coproduction Nanterre-Amandiers CDN, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne, Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Fonds Transfabrik – Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant, Centre Culturel André Malraux – Scène Nationale de Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy, Comédie de Genève, La Filature, Scène nationale (Mulhouse), Manège, Scène nationale – Reims, MC2: Grenoble – scène nationale, Ruhrtriennale (Bochum), TANDEM Scène nationale (Arras), Kaserne Basel, Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel (Hamburg), Festival d’Automne à Paris, théâtre Garonne – Scène européenne, CCN2 – Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble / BIT Teatergarasjen (Bergen), Black Box teater (Oslo) Supported by CN D Centre national de la danse (Pantin), La Colline – théâtre national (Paris), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne

    Thanks to Point Ephémère (Paris) for putting their rehearsal space at our disposal and to SMEM Playroom (Fribourg) for their sound studio

    The Company Gisèle Vienne is supported by Ministère de la culture et de la Communication – DRAC Grand Est, the Région Grand Est and Ville de Strasbourg. The company is supported by the Institut Français for international touring. Gisèle Vienne is an associated artist at the CN D Centre national de la danse and at the Théâtre National de Bretagne.

    Premiere November 2020, Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes)

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