Gisèle Vienne

Artist, Choreographer, and Theater Director, France

Gisèle Vienne is a Franco-Austrian artist, choreographer, and theatre director. After studying philosophy and music, she trained at the Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. Since then, she has been working regularly with, among other collaborators, the writer Dennis Cooper. For the past 20 years, her plays and choreographies have toured Europe and are regularly performed in Asia and America, including I Apologize (2004), Kindertotenlieder (2007), Jerk (2008) This is how you will disappear (2010), LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011), The Ventriloquists Convention (2015) and Crowd (2017). In 2020 she created with Etienne Bideau-Rey the fourth version of Showroomdummies at the Rohm Theater Kyoto, a piece originally created in 2001. Gisèle Vienne regularly exhibits her photographs in museums such as the Whitney Museum in New York, the Centre Pompidou, and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires. She has published two books, Jerk / Through Their Tears in collaboration with Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg, and Jonathan Capdevielle in 2011, and 40 Portraits 2003-2008, in collaboration with Dennis Cooper and Pierre Dourthe in February 2012. Her work has been the subject of several publications and the original soundtracks of her pieces have been featured on several albums.

Her latest show L'Etang, based on the text by Robert Walser Der Teich, premiered at the Théâtre National de Bretagne in Rennes in November 2020.