Gisèle Vienne


Portrait de Gisèle Vienne

In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels renews its support to Gisèle Vienne by supporting L’Etang in New York and Paris, as well as her new creation EXTRA LIFE.

Gisele Vienne is a Franco-Austrian artist, choreographer, and director. After graduating in philosophy, she studied at the puppeteering Ecole Superieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. Among others, she works regularly with the writer Dennis Cooper.

Over the past 20 years, her work has been touring in Europe and regularly performed in Asia and in America. To name but a few I Apologize (2004), Kindertotenlieder (2007), Jerk (2008), This is how you will disappear (2010), LAST SPRING: A Prequel (2011), The Ventriloquists Convention (2015) in collaboration with the puppentheater Halle, and Crowd (2017). In 2020, she created with Etienne Bideau-Rey a fourth version of Showroomdummies large-scale at the ROHM Theatre Kyoto, originally created in 2001. In 2021, she made the film Jerk and created L’Étang, a show based on Robert Walser’s short story Der Teich.

Gisele Vienne is currently working on her latest performance, which will be created in August 2023 at the Ruhrtriennale.

Gisele Vienne has frequently been exhibiting her photographs and installations in museums among which the New York Whitney Museum of American Art, the Centre Pompidou of Paris, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes of Buenos Aires and the Musee d’Art Moderne of Paris. She published two books: JERK // Through their tears with Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle in 2011 and 40 portraits “2003-2008”, in collaboration with Dennis Cooper and Pierre Dourthe in 2012. Her work has led to various publications and the original music of her shows to several albums.

Photo : Gisèle Vienne © Andrea Montano