“In the haunting Kindertotenlieder, the French-Austrian choreographer Gisèle Vienne creates a trippy landscape unlike anything you’ve seen before.”
Time Out, 2014
In a picturesque, Romantic winter landscape, director and choreographer Gisèle Vienne brings together two teenage boys, man-size dolls, dancers, and the doom metal duo KTL. Snow and darkness envelop the stage as we are swept into a tumultuous emotional labyrinth, where the boundaries between reality and fiction are blurred.
The plot defies moral and sexual ideals: a group of teenagers gather for a hypnotic funeral ceremony. One is watching his own entombment; the other, his best friend, is the murderer. KTL’s enchanting music fills the hall and accompanies us along this circular journey to an unknown destination. The circumstances leading up to the murder unfold through three storylines and three different perspectives: the victim’s, the killer’s, and society’s.
In this artistic space, as in ritualistic settings, Vienne wishes to express our personal and collective fantasies, allow an honest awareness and acknowledgment of repressed urges, and embrace new, broader and more tolerant outlooks.
Titled after a cycle of poems composed by Gustav Mahler, Kindertotenlieder is a performance/installation that conflates theater, puppetry, dance, and music to create a unique language. An important and thoughtful invitation to follow one of the most intriguing theater makers working in France today into the spaces where we are completely free to explore our fantasies, fears, and obsessions.
Created by Gisèle Vienne / Texts and dramaturgy by Dennis Cooper / Music by Stephen O’Malley, Peter Rehberg (KTL) / Lights by Patrick Riou / Conception robots by Alexandre Vienne / Creation dolls by Raphaël Rubbens, Dorothéa Vienne-Pollak, Gisèle Vienne, assisted by Manuel Majastre / Creation wood masks by Max Kössler / Make-up by Rebecca Flores / Hairdressing dolls by Yury Smirnov / Performed by and created in collaboration with Jonathan Capdevielle, Sylvain Decloitre, Guillaume Marie, Katia Petrowick, and Jonathan Schatz / Original cast: Jonathan Capdevielle, Margret Sara Gudjonsdottir, Elie Hay, Guillaume Marie, Anja Röttgerkamp or Anne Mousselet
With the support of the Institut français as part of the French Cultural Season
*The show contains nudity and is suitable for ages 16 and
Associate producer: DACM
With the collaboration of the Quartz – Scene nationale de Brest (Gisèle Vienne associate artist from 2007 to 2011)
Coproduction : Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest, Centre, Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort dans le cadre de l’accueil-studio, Centre National de danse contemporaine d’Angers, Les Subsistances/ 2007/ Lyon
With the support of the Drac Rhône-Alpes / Ministère de la Culture et de la communication, of the Région Rhône-Alpes, of the Conseil Général de l’Isère, of the town of Grenoble, of Dicream / Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and of Etant donnés, The French-American Fund for the Performing Arts, a Program of FACE.
With the support of the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon and Point Ephémère in Paris.
Thanks to Les Ateliers de construction du Théâtre de Grenoble, Didier Boucher, Patric Chiha, Etnies, Simone Hoffmann, Antoine Masure, Minijy/Clara Rousseau, Séverine Péan, Sophie Metrich, le Théâtre de l’Odéon – Paris, Jose Enrique Ona Selfa for the costumes Loewe, Troubleyn/ Jan Fabre et Mark Geurden, Enrique Urrutia, Remy Vidal, Alexandre Vienne, Jean-Paul Vienne et Esther Welger-Barboza
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 CDN and at the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Direction Arthur Nauzyciel