In 2021, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting This is how you will disappear, created by Gisèle Vienne and produced as part of the 50th Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Created in 2010 for the Festival d’Avignon, This is how you will disappear explores the shifting depths of a forest. In this fog-shrouded setting, three figures – a young athlete, her coach and a rock star – come together in an epic tableau that evokes the subliminal battle between society and the self.
Curious weather events soon rip through the landscape, disrupting space, perception and sensation and pitting the beauty of order against that of chaos. The antagonistic nexus of these contrasting constructs resonates with the three characters: the coach represents authority, upholding an orderly structure that sustains a system of domination and enables its injustices; the young gymnast typifies the beauty of culturally defined perfection, while the rock star personifies the allure of anarchy. This is how you will disappear captures the seemingly contradictory cultural ideals and standards of beauty at work in today’s world.
Photo : This is how you will disappear – Gisèle Vienne © Sheldon Hunt
About the artist
In 2021, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels joins the Festival d'Automne in Paris for the Portrait dedicated to Gisèle Vienne.