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Gisèle Vienne CROWD

ROHM Theatre Kyoto Program


Kyoto Experiment: Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival 2018
Gisèle Vienne CROWD

2018.10.6 (SAT) – 10.7 (SUN)

Music Dance South Hall
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    Photo by Estelle Hanania

A crowd of young adults possessed by a contagious excitement poses a question: How much do we desire violence?

In addition to its dramaturgical and formal perfection, the work of Gisèle Vienne disturbs and disquiets audiences. Vienne carefully dissects and ascertains the darkness that resides within us all. The stage is a party spontaneously organized by a group of young adults in 21st-century Europe. Attracted by the intense excitement and music, they are high on a kind of emotional roller coaster. Their unrestrained movement is contagious and overwhelming. The music that stimulates them comprises mainly of Detroit techno tracks from the early 1990s, as well as original music by the duo KTL (Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley). On the other hand, the “subtexts” created by Vienne with the writer Dennis Cooper and the 15 dancers are not voiced at all. Their words are rather translated into diverse movements that immerse the audience in a vast number of simultaneous narratives. This crowd forms a community that experiences particularly intense emotions and reaches a state where their senses are very much heightened.


2018.10.6 (SAT) – 10.7 (SUN)

October 6 (Sat) 19:00-
October 7 (Sun) 16:00–◎*
◎Childcare service available. Please contact the Kyoto Experiment Office for more information.
*Post-performance Talk

Venue : South Hall

Performance Time:90 min.



Audiences aged 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Gisèle Vienne

Born in 1976, Gisèle Vienne is a franco-austrian artist, choreographer and director. After graduating in Philosophy she studied puppeteering at the L’Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. Vienne works regularly with, among others, the writer Dennis Cooper, the musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley and the light designer Patrick Riou. In collaboration with Dennis Cooper, Vienne has choreographed and directed fourteen works which have been presented at institutions such as Volksbühne Berlin and international festivals such as Festival d’Avignon. Since 2005 she has also frequently exhibited photographs and installations. This year L’Association de la Critique awarded Vienne the Grand Prix award in dance for her work CROWD. Following This is How You Will Disappear in 2010, this marks Vienne’s second appearance at Kyoto Experiment.

Gisèle Vienne

Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival Executive Committee
(Kyoto City, ROHM Theatre Kyoto [Kyoto City Music Art Cultural Promoting Foundation],
Kyoto Art Center [Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation],
Kyoto Performing Arts Center at Kyoto University of Art and Design)


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Ticket Prices

Adult Advance ¥3,500 / Day ¥4,000
Youth, Students Advance ¥3,000 / Day ¥3,500
High School Students & Younger Advance and Day both ¥1,000
Pair ¥6,500 (Advance Only)
Youth Tickets: available for those aged 25 and under.

Tickets on Sale

2018.7.20 (FRI)

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