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Gisèle Vienne - I apologize

Please note this show has been cancelled.


(2004, 75')
created by Gisèle Vienne at Les Subsistances, Lyon in 2004
texts, written and read by Dennis Cooper
original music performed live by Peter Rehberg
lighting design Patrick Riou
make-up Rebecca Flores
dolls created by Raphaël Rubbens, Dorothéa Vienne-Pollak, Gisèle Vienne
translation from English-American to French by Laurence Viallet
created in collaboration with, and performed by Jonathan Capdevielle, Anja Röttgerkamp, Jean-Luc Verna
producer DACM
coproducers Les Subsistances, Lyon, WP-Zimmer, Anvers with the support of Centre Chorégraphique National de Grenoble in the frame of Accueil-Studio (2004), Ministère de la Culture – Drac Rhône-Alpes, Région Rhône-Alpes, Conseil Général de l’Isère & ske (Autriche)
with the support of Institut International de la Marionnette & Compagnie des Indes for the video shooting
Gisèle Vienne Company is supported by Ministère de la culture et de la communication – DRAC Grand Est, la Région Grand Est and Ville de Strasbourg
the Company is supported by Institut Français for international touring
Gisèle Vienne is associated artist at the Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national and at the Théâtre National de Bretagne, Direction Arthur Nauzyciel

Author's statement

I Apologize was born out of an accident reconstruction. This reconstruction is the basis from which derive several versions of the same event, in order to define its truth and reality. These various versions take on a blurred identity, somewhere between the representation of a real event and the representation of a fantasy, and are the foundation of the structure of the play, a reflection on reality, and of the possible representations of reality.
A young man is in charge of these different versions of reality, by directing a man and a woman, both baroque and rock icons, and twenty-odd young girls, all aged around twelve, represented by articulated dolls. Confusion slowly creeps in our perception of reality, which thus appears as a world of approximations and subjectivity, whose gaping holes we fill with our own fantasies.

American author Dennis Cooper has written poems and monologues especially for this show, which question the real or imagined link between those and the events happening on the stage. Cooper himself will be reading these texts, which are intricately linked to Peter Rehberg’s musical score. The texts and staging of the play interact and conjure up images associated to sexual desire, death and crime. They raise issues about imagination in relation to fantasy and its impossible fulfilment.

Although music and words are at the core of the show, it is bodies and dolls that ultimately form the centre of the project. This is why this show, although undeniably influenced by choreography, is nonetheless derived from a work process that is truly one of a puppeteer.
This work is designed to be an exploration of the emotions associated with the intricate link between eroticism, death, and the disturbing stillness of dolls and puppets.

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