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Gisèle Vienne


Gisèle Vienne (1976) is a French-Austrian choreographer, director, performer and visual artist. After graduating in philosophy she studied puppeteering at the l’École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. Between 1999 and 2004 she created four performances with Étienne Bideau-Rey. Since then she has worked closely with writers Dennis Cooper and Catherine Robbe-Grillet, musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O’Malley (the experimental dark ambient noise duo KLT) lighting designer Patrick Riou and actor Jonathan Capdevielle. The performances she has produced as a choreographer and a director since 2004 include I Apologize (2004), Une belle enfant blonde /​A young, beautiful blond girl (2005), Kindertotenlieder (2007), Jerk (2008), This is how you will disappear (2010) and LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011). Since 2005 she has frequently exhibited her photographs and installation art. In 2012 she co-curated with Dennis Cooper a part of the Un Nouveau Festival in Centre Pompidou, Paris, titled TEENAGE HALLUCINATION. The work featured visual art, film, seminars, performances, concerts and an installation of the visual work of Cooper & Vienne, including performances of their theatre shows Last Spring, a Prequel (2011) and Jerk (2008) and a restaging of Them (1984), a piece by Cooper, choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones and composer Chris Cochrane. Vienne lives and works in Paris and Grenoble.