Gisèle Vienne This Is How You Will Disappear
Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival
Created in 2010 for the Festival d’Avignon, This is how you will disappear is a giant installation as well as a dance piece. It explores the shifting depths of a forest with a sinister secret. In this ominous, foggy setting, three figures – a young athlete, her coach and a rock star – come together in an epic tableau that evokes the underlying battle between society and the self.
This striking theatrical experience is set in an immense forest – a large scale, naturalistic installation. Curious weather events soon rip through the landscape, disrupting space, perception and sensation and pitting the beauty of order against that of chaos. This contrast resonates with the three characters.
The coach represents authority, upholding an orderly structure. The young gymnast typifies the beauty of culturally defined perfection. The rock star personifies the allure of anarchy. This is how you will disappear is an epic performance that probes to startling effect the contradictory cultural ideals and standards of beauty at work in today’s world.
Image description: In a dim wood, a mysterious figure faces us with head bowed, face invisible in the gloom, pale curls gleaming in moonlight. The figure wears a blue rain jacket with a draped, almost regal feel, and clings to a branch covered in green, velvety moss. Behind, another figure moves away into the mist.
Co-presented by Sadler’s Wells and Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels
Header image © Sheldon Hunt