Born in 1976, Gisèle Vienne is a Franco-Austrian artist, choreographer and director. After studying philosophy and music, she trained at the École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. Since then she has worked regularly with, among others, the writer Dennis Cooper, the musicians Peter Rehberg and Stephen O'Malley and the lighting designer Patrick Riou.
Ten plays directed by Gisèle Vienne tour regularly in Europe and around the world, including I Apologize (2004), Kindertotenlieder (2007), This is how you will disappear (2010), LAST SPRING: A Prequel, an installation for a robot doll (2011), The Ventriloquists Convention (2015) and Crowd (2017). In 2020, she created with Etienne Bideau-Rey a fourth version of Showroomdummies at the Rohm Theater in Kyoto, a piece originally created in 2001.
Since 2005, Gisèle Vienne has regularly exhibited her photographs and installations. She has published a book + CD Jerk / Through Their Tears in collaboration with Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle in 2011 and a book, 40 Portraits 2003-2008, in collaboration with Dennis Cooper and Pierre Dourthe in February 2012.
Gisèle Vienne is currently preparing a staging of Robert Walser's text Der Teich (L'Etang) which will premiere at the Théâtre National de Bretagne, in Rennes in November 2020 and will be presented at the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne in May 2021.
Photo credit: Estelle Hanania