Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the death of children)

Kindertotenlieder (Songs on the death of children)

Compagnie DACM / Gisèle Vienne, Grenoble

Tuesday 06.11.2007 // 07:30 – 08:45 p.m.
Schauspielhaus / Schauspiel Leipzig

    Physical theatre

    A graveyard in winter, melancholy and obsession, black metal concert and highly explosive tension – the piece »Kindertotenlieder« (»Songs on the death of children«) is all of this. Here, dancers, musicians and puppets roam around as the undead in our world, mercilessly allowing fiction and reality to blur.

    In abstract and playful form, the issue of the death and forlornness of children is brought to the stage in a fascinatingly current manner. The French performance artist, Gisèle Vienne, was inspired by the spirits (not the music!) of the song cycle of the same name by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) and by the myth of the »perchten« – pagan creatures, which provide protection against demons and ghosts in the winter. American author Dennis Cooper, who was born in California in 1953, has explored the cruelty, innocence and atonement contained in these Austro-Bavarian customs.

    Gisèle Vienne was born in 1976 in Charleville-Mézières, near the Belgian border. She is half French and half Austrian and lives in Paris and Grenoble. After studying philosophy, she trained as a puppeteer in 1996-99 and is currently the shooting star of the French theatre scene. She delights and disturbs audiences in equal measure with her unusual pieces, such as »I apologize« (2004) and »Une belle enfant blonde« (»A beautiful blond girl«, 2005).

    »The blow came from the front; musical and ice cold. An impact without provocation, but rather linked to reflection and seduction … Where are truth and lies? Where is fiction distinguished from reality?«


    Festival opening

    Carte blanche for Rolf Dennemann,
    artistic director of the off limits festival, Dortmund

    Uraufführung: 28.02.2007, Le Quartz, Brest

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    Produktion: DACM in Zusammenarbeit mit Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest

    Koproduktion: Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest, Les Subsistances, Lyon / Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté, Belfort / Centre national de danse contemporaine, Angers

    Das Gastspiel in Leipzig erfolgt mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch die Französische Botschaft, Berlin, Bureau du Théâtre et de la Danse, Berlin, und Institut Français de Leipzig.

    Konzeption und Inszenierung: Gisèle Vienne

    Musik: KTL / Stephen O’Malley, Peter Rehberg

    Text und Dramaturgie: Dennis Cooper

    Roboter: Alexandre Vienne

    Puppen: Raphaēl Rubbeus, Dorothéa Vienne-Pollak, Gisèle Vienne

    Lichtdesign: Patrick Riou

    Technische Leitung: Nicolas Minssen

    Darsteller: Margrét Sara Gujónsdóttir, Elie Hay, Anne Mousselet, Jonathan Capdevielle, Guillaume Marie

    Musiker: KTL / Stephen O’Malley, Peter Rehberg

    Mit wenigen englischen Textpassagen / deutsche Übersetzung im Abendprogramm

    Archive 2007

    17th festival