“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
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
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