Gisèle Vienne and artists
New York Live Arts
New York, NY
October 29, 2014
by Marianne Adams
copyright © 2014 by Marianne Adams
Contrary to its title, Gisèle Vienne’s “Kindertotenlieder” does not mourn the death of children, nor does it use any of Gustav Mahler’s famous songs from the opus of the same name. Instead, it taps into something deeper and darker, presenting nearly every instantiation of the violent and disturbing triggers of human anxiety, through a creative integration of movement with music, sound, speech, and puppetry. Seven years since its world debut in 2007, the U.S. premiere of the work had the audience oscillating between sympathy and dread, but despite its disturbing qualities remained eerily captivating.
Photo of a scene from “Kindertotenlieder.” Photo © by Ian Douglas