Si c'était de l'amour
They are fifteen young dancers of various origins and horizons. They are touring Crowd, Gisèle Vienne’s dance piece on the 90’s rave scene. Following them from theatre to theatre, If It Were Love documents their work as well as their strange, intimate relationships. For the line becomes blurry. The stage seems to contaminate real life – unless the opposite is happening. From a dance documentary, the film thus grows into a troubling journey into our nights, our parties, our loves.
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For around ten years, Gisèle Vienne has been weaving stylistic links between puppetry art, choreographic performance, visual arts, scandalous literature (Jean Genet, Catherine Robbe-Grillet, Denis Cooper, etc.) and the underground music scene (Tujiko Noriko, Pita, SunnO, Boris, Corrupted, etc.).
Following her philosophy studies and an apprenticeship as a contemporary puppeteer at the École supérieure nationale des arts de la marionnette in Gent (Belgian Higher School of Puppetry Arts), Gisèle Vienne began making life-size puppets which she (dis) articulates. She brings dance and puppetry together to invite the spectator to understand the aspects of humankind in an atmosphere of beauty which focuses on order, disorder and scenic experimentation.
To complement her performances, the artist now proposes extensions of her scenic work in the form of photos (Black Noise exhibition, paying tribute to Steven Parrino) and installations (during a collective exhibition, in the suite of a Tokyo hotel).
Since Showroomdummies in 2001, in partnership with Etienne Bideau-Rey, her puppets form the axis around which a handful of actors-performers, invested in their whole slow, majestic body dynamics gravitate, against a backdrop of Black Metal lyrics.
Source : programme CCN - Ballet de Lorraine 2012 - 2013
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Patric Chiha is an Austrian filmmaker of Hungarian and Lebanese origins, born in 1975 in Vienna. After studying fashion styling at ESAA Duperré (Paris) and editing at INSAS (Brussels), he directed several short and medium-length films, and documentaries (including HOME, WHERE IS THE CHEF DE LA PRISON? and LES MESSIEURS) selected in numerous festivals. In 2009, he directed his first feature film, DOMAINE, with Béatrice Dalle, selected at the Venice Film Festival. This was followed by BOYS LIKE US (2014) and the documentaries BROTHERS OF THE NIGHT (2016) and SI C’ÉTAIT DE LAMOUR (2019), both selected at the Berlinale. Currently, he is preparing his next fiction film, THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE.
Source: NORTE productions
Si c'était de l'amour
Artistic direction / Conception
Un film de Patric Chiha
Philip Berlin, Marine Chesnais, Kerstin Daley-Baradel, Sylvain Decloitre, Sophie Demeyer, Vincent Dupuy, Massimo Fusco, Nuria Guiu Sagarra, Rehin Hollant, Antoine Horde, Georges Labbat, Oskar Landström, Theo Livesey, Louise Perming, Katia Petro- wick, Richard Pierre, Anja Röttgerkamp, Jonathan Schatz, Gisèle Vienne, Henrietta Wallberg, Tyra Wigg
Pierre Bompy - Montage son & Mixage : Mikaël Barre
Image : Jordane Chouzenoux - Montage : Anna Riche - Etalonnage : Gadiel Bendelac
Production / Coproduction of the video work
Une production Aurora Films Avec le soutien de Ministère de la Culture / Direction générale de la création artistique, de la Région Île-de-France, en partenariat avec le Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée Image/mouvement du Centre national des arts plastiques