Gisèle Vienne


Gisèle Vienne (1976, Charleville-Mézières) is a Franco-Austrian artist, choreographer and director. After graduating in Philosophy, she studied at the puppeteering school École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. She works regularly with the writer Dennis Cooper, among others. Over the past twenty years, her pieces have toured throughout Europe and were regularly performed in Asia and in America. These include 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 Puppentheater Halle and Crowd (2017, Holland Festival 2018). In 2020, together with Etienne Bideau-Rey, she created a fourth version of Showroomdummies at the Rohm Theater Kyoto, originally created in 2001. Vienne has regularly exhibited her photographs in museums, for example at the New York Whitney Museum, the Centre Pompidou and the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Buenos Aires. She published two books together with Dennis Cooper, Peter Rehberg and Jonathan Capdevielle: JERK / Through Their Tears and 40 PORTRAITS 2003-2008, in collaboration with Dennis Cooper and Pierre Dourthe in February 2012. Her work has led to various publications and the original music of her shows led to several albums. Her latest show L’Étang (‘The Pond’), based on Robert Walser’s short story Der Teich, was created in November 2020 at the TNB in Rennes and will be staged in this year’s Holland Festival edition.