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Gisèle Vienne


8. Oct –10. Oct 2019

Kunsthall Oslo 08.10.2019 20:00

Kunsthall Oslo 09.10.2019 20:00

Kunsthall Oslo 10.10.2019 20:00

“Jerk might be unbearable for some. But in our eyes, theater so wisely woven with reality, however violent, is wholesome.” Les Inrockuptibles, France

We are pleased to re-present Jerk following its previous cancellation in the autumn of 2018 due to an injury. 

Gisèle Vienne’s Jerk is based on the short story by Dennis Cooper. Jerk is the imagined reconstruction told from the vantage point of David Brooks, the real-life accomplice of Texas serial killer Dean Corll, who was responsible for the deaths of more than twenty teenage boys in the early 1970s.
David Brooks is serving a life sentence. In prison he discovers the art of glove puppetry, traditionally used as a means of depicting violent or illicit subject matter. As part of his rehabilitation, he uses the characters of his puppets to reconstruct the murders, which in turn enables him to take responsibility for his role in the crimes. 

Jerk is part of a body of works created by Gisèle Vienne in collaboration with Dennis Cooper that probes the connections between fantasy and reality and uses the aesthetic experience as a space to explore the representation of violence. 

  • Venue: Kunsthall Oslo, Rostockgata 4. See map and details here

Gisèle Vienne has worked as a director and choreographer since 1999. Through her disturbing visual world, she has developed her own, unique theatrical language that consistently explores the ambivalence of the beautiful and the bizarre. Black Box teater has presented I Apologize and Jerk and recently CROWD as part of Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival, in collaboration with Dansens Hus.

Etter en novelle av / After a short story by: Dennis Cooper. Regi / Direction: Gisèle Vienne. Dramaturg / Dramaturgy: Dennis Cooper. Musikk / Music: Peter Rehberg, El Mundo Frio of Corrupted. Lys / Light: Patrick Riou. I samarbeid med og fremført av / In cooperation with and performed by: Jonathan Capdevielle. Stemmeopptak / Voice recordings: Dennis Cooper, Paul P. Stylist: Stephen O ́Malley, Jean-Luc Verna. Dukker / Dolls: Gisèle Vienne, Dorothéa Vienne Pollak. Sminke / Make up: Jean-Luc Verna, Rebecca Flores. Kostymer / Costume: Dorothéa Vienne Polak, Marino Marchand, Babeth Martin. Buktaler-instruktør / Ventriloquism teaching: Michel Dejene e. Co-produksjon / Co-production: Le Quartz – Scène nationale de Brest, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort dans le cadre de l’accueil-studio and Centro Parraga-Murcia. Støttet av / With the support of: Conseil Général de l’Isère, Ville de Grenoble and the Ménagerie de Verre in the framework of studiolab. The company DACM is supported Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC Grand Est, by Région Grand Est and by the City of Strasbourg.