Crowd by Gisèle Vienne


Gisèle Vienne: Crowd

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Revelry and dark splendour: Gisèle Vienne’s Crowd. Photo © Mathilde Darel

Is dance raving mad to look to the rave scene for inspiration?


Imagine an open-field rave party: empty beer cans and plastic bags scattered in mud, stomping beats mingling with irregular light strobes. The crowd partying as if this night were their last. The rave is a treasure trove of uncanny dance sequences and anarchic power, which contemporary dance has too long left unexplored. But instead of celebrating the unifying spirit of rave, in Crowd, Gisèle Vienne explores the hallucinatory violence underlying the throbbing communion. Fifteen sporty dancers clad in colourful bomber…

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