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ROHM Theatre Kyoto Program

ROHM Theatre Kyoto Repertory Premiere

Gisèle Vienne and Etienne Bideau-Rey “Showroomdummies #4”

2020.2.8 (SAT) – 2.9 (SUN)

Dance South Hall
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    Show: Showroomdummies (creation 2001) Design: (c) Etienne Bideau-Rey & (c) DACM / Gisele Vienne Artist : Anne Mousselet Photograph : (c) Alain Monot

A repertory performance for the next generation, created by world-acclaimed artist Gisèle Vienne

The ROHM Theatre Kyoto Repertory Premiere project launched in 2017 to create repertory productions that could be performed for many years to come even as the times change. This year, the project welcomes the French prodigy Gisèle Vienne, who has dazzled audiences around the world. Over the course of two years, she will make an enduring new addition to the repertory program. For the first year, she stages “Showroomdummies,” the work inspired by Sacher-Masoch’s “Venus in Furs” that established Gisèle Vienne’s name and which she has continued to adapt and recreate ever since its premiere in 2001. Her collaborator for the direction, choreography, and stage design is Etienne Bideau-Rey. The resulting work is performed by five dancers selected locally through auditions as well as one singer.


2020.2.8 (SAT) – 2.9 (SUN)

Venue : South Hall


Cast & Creative

Directed, Choreographed and Stage Design by Gisèle Vienne and Etienne Bideau-Rey
Cast: Dancers selected through an open casting call
Music: Peter Rehberg
Lighting: Patrick Riou

Repertory Premiere

ROHM Theatre Kyoto launched this program in 2017 to create new theatre productions that can serve as part of a repertoire that will be staged long into the future. Through the process of creating new productions, it also organizes related programs for audience development and training actors, dramaturges, producers, and other specialists. In this way, the program aspires to build a new theatre culture in each community and region.


Gisèle Vienne

Born in 1976, Gisèle Vienne studied philosophy and then later attended L’Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. She is a choreographer, director, performer, and visual artist. In addition to her collaborations with the novelist Dennis Cooper, her output includes photography and installations. In 2018, Vienne received the Grand Prix award in dance from L’Association de la Critique for “CROWD,” which also left a vivid impression on audiences during its recent run in Japan at Kyoto Experiment.


Etienne Bideau-Rey

Born in 1975, Etienne Bideau-Rey studied at the St-Luc Institut in Tournai, Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Liège, and L’Ecole Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. In addition to being a choreographer and director, he is a visual artist with a focus on drawing and sculpture. In 2000, he received the Vocation Award from the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet for his first theatre piece created in collaboration with Gisèle Vienne.

Planned and produced by ROHM Theatre Kyoto
Presented by ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto City Music Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation), Kyoto City


ROHM Theatre Kyoto  TEL:075-746-3201

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ROHM Theatre Kyoto Repertory Premiere Gisèle Vienne and Etienne Bideau-Rey Showroomdummies #4 Open Casting Call for Performers (Female Dancers)

Now seeking performers for Gisèle Vienne and Etienne Bideau-Rey’s Showroomdummies #4 , part of the ROHM Theatre Kyoto Repertory Premiere program!