Gisèle Vienne (France)

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  • 1 & 2 Jun 2019
    Sat & Sun, 8pm
  • Victoria Theatre
  • $40*, $60

    *Limited concessions available for students, NSFs and seniors
    Limited student tickets at $10

  • 1h 30m, no intermission

  • Rating: R18 (Mature Content)



Gisèle Vienne (France)

Crowd is choreographer-director Gisèle Vienne’s deep dive into the dark side within us. Inspired by the techno rave scene of 1990s Berlin, 14 dancers create temporal distortions, alternate realities and dreamscapes, exposing the core of our “inner selves”.

With a background in music, puppetry, philosophy and the visual arts, Gisèle Vienne is recognised for her unique theatrical language that melds a fine arts sensitivity with a cinematic eye. 

In Crowd, Vienne unleashes the cathartic power of the stage and draws you irresistibly into its scenes of visual anarchy. Lifting the curtain on the everyday identities of 14 young revellers at an open-field rave party, Vienne lays bare their individual and collective emotions to confront us with the buried side of their inner narratives.

Driven by a mesmerising electronic dance music selection including techno anthems spanning from Underground Resistance to Jeff Mills, the uncanny movements of bodies, together with rhythmic distortions and optical effects, plays tricks with the viewer and makes our linear perception of time stand still.

Don’t miss this hypnotic work—at once an intoxicating musical outing, a visual feast, and a searing dissection of the violence at the heart of the modern human condition.

Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national
Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg - Scène européenne
Wiener Festwochen
manège, scène nationale - reims
Théâtre national de Bretagne, direction Arthur Nauzyciel
Centre Dramatique National Orléans
Loiret Centre
BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen

CCN2 – Centre Chorégraphique national de Grenoble
CND Centre national de la danse

(Photo by Barbara Braun: MuTphoto)

Music setlist

Underground Resistance The Illuminator (Underground Resistance, 1995)
KTL Lampshade (exclusive, 2017)
Vapour Space Gravitational Arch Of 10 (Plus 8, 1993)

DJ Rolando Vibrations mix (Underground Resistance, 2002)

– Underground Resistance Sweat Electric (Somewhere In Detroit, 1994)

– Underground Resistance Twista (Underground Resistance, 1993)

– Drexciya Wavejumper (Underground Resistance, 1995)

– The Martian The Intruder (Red Planet, 1992)

– Underground Resistance Code Red (Underground Resistance, 1993)

– Underground Resistance Lunar Rhythms (Somewhere In Detroit, 1995)

– Underground Resistance Hi-Tech Funk (Underground Resistance, 1997)

Choice Acid Eiffel (Fragile Records, 1992)
Jeff Mills Phase 4 (Tresor/Axis, 1992)
Peter Rehberg Furgen Matrix/Telegene (exclusive, 2017)
Manuel Göttsching E2-E4 (Inteam, 1984)
Sun Electric Sarotti (R&S Records, 1993)
Global Communication 14 31 (Ob-selon Mi-Nos) (Evolution, 1994)


“Vienne is a master of Hollywood-scale theatricality, but here she excels at hypnotising the audience with as little as a blurred rhythmic deviation…” - Springback Magazine

“Gisele Vienne is a theatre maker who is not frightened by the darkest side of human nature.”  - The Skinny: Independent Cultural Journalism

“Unfamiliar but surprisingly beautiful, the “Crowd” draw the gaze like a magnet."  - Onassis

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