created with
Gisèle Vienne (F)
Solo performance for a puppeteer
76% theatre
14% puppets
10% abyss

When things get really worrying, art usually stops too. When the pain is no longer pleasant, in other people’s noble desperation or tragedy, when disasters strike that we refuse to accept have anything to do with our own existence yet are somehow our own disasters too. This is the place that young French director Gisèle Vienne and controversial US writer Dennis Cooper go to in “Jerk”.
We find ourselves in a room together with David Brooks, a convict on a life sentence who tells – or rather has his puppets tell – his unbelievable story of harrowing, sexually charged murders in which he was involved as a teenager: “Jerk” is an imaginary – disconcerting, poetic, humorous and at the same time dark – reconstruction of the actual crimes committed by serial killer Dean Corll, who murdered more than twenty boys in Texas in the seventies with the aid of two teenagers. A story based on facts that still seem untrue; a reduced, above all verbal splatter film in a simple stage set. The horror of fantasy and the horror of reality are indistinguishable in Gisèle Vienne’s radical theatre, which does not look for cheap shock or impossible empathy. Fascination, humour, madness and sheer terror are equally indistinguishable.

From a novel by Dennis Cooper

Gisèle Vienne (F) Biography

Produced by DACM
Co-produced by Le Quartz - Scène nationale de Brest, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort dans le cadre de l’accueil-studio & Centro Parraga - Murcia
With kind support from Ménagerie de Verre in the framework of studiolab
DACM is supported by Drac Rhône-Alpes / Ministère de la culture et de la communication, Région Rhône-Alpes, Conseil général de l’Isère, Ville de Grenoble & Culturesfrances for international tour

German-language Première
Thu 16/10, Fri 17/10 & Sat 18/10, 9.30 pm


Talk following the second performance

16€ / 10€


Festival centre
From a novel of Dennis Cooper
Concept / Direction Gisèle Vienne
Dramaturgy Dennis Cooper

Original music Peter Rehberg
Music Corrupted: „El Mundo Frio”
Light design Patrick Riou
By and with Jonathan Capdevielle
Recorded voices Dennis Cooper & Paul P
Design Stephen O’Malley & Jean-Luc Verna
Puppets Gisèle Vienne & Dorothéa Vienne Pollak
Costume design Dorothéa Vienne Pollak, Marino Marchand & Babeth Martin
Administration Bureau Cassiopée (Anne-Cécile Sibué, Léonor Baudouin, Alix Sarrade)

Production Graz Christine Sbaschnigg

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