Gisèle Vienne (F) «Das Bauchrednertreffen» / «The Ventriloquists Convention»

with Dennis Cooper & Puppentheater Halle (US/D)

Theatre/Performance / In German / Duration: 1h40

Each year, the state of Kentucky hosts the world’s largest convention of ventriloquists featuring artists from around the globe. In cooperation with the author Dennis Cooper and the Puppet Theatre Halle, the sought-after artist Gisèle Vienne, who has previously performed her works «This Is How You Will Disappear» and «The Pyre» at Kaserne Basel, has created a fictitious reconstruction of this event. The multi-layered dialogues slowly reveal the psychological complexity of the characters. What is said, what is thought, what comes from the unconscious are expressed aloud by the ventriloquists, their puppets and the ‘third voice’ of the ventriloquists. It develops into a play in which both are suddenly visible – the madness and the normality of these conversations, as well as the shift from seemingly uncomplicated relations to a real psychological maze.

There will be an audience discussion after the show on 4 february.

Conception, direction & scenography Gisèle Vienne Text Dennis Cooper in collaboration with the performers German translation Klaus Händl
Performed by and created in collaboration with Jonathan Capdevielle (for the english version), Kerstin Daley-Baradel, Uta Gebert & Vincent Göhre and the performers of Puppentheater, Halle: Nils Dreschke, Sebastian Fortak, Lars Frank, Ines Heinrich-Frank, Katharina Kummer & for the german version : Christian Sengevald Light Patrick Riou Music KTL ( Stephen O’Malley and Peter Rehberg)

Production Puppentheater Halle & DACM (Halle / Saale & Strasbourg)

The company Gisèle Vienne is supported by Ministère de la culture et de la communication – DRAC Alsace, Région Alsace and Ville de Strasbourg.
The company is supported by institut Français – Ministère des affaires étrangères, for international touring.
Gisèle Vienne is associate artist at the Nanterre-Amandiers CDN since 2014 and at Le Parvis, Scène nationale de Tarbes Pyrénées since 2012.