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Prague Crossroads 2024 | Gisèle Vienne: Extra Life – photo: Estelle HananiaPrague Crossroads 2024 | Gisèle Vienne: Extra Life – photo: Estelle Hanania

Extra Life

Gisèle Vienne

The Prague Crossroads festival

The New Stage
Prague Crossroads Festival

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    November 2024

    Tuesday 19. 11.

    Tickets available

    Prague Crossroads Festival

    Wednesday 20. 11.

    Tickets available

    Prague Crossroads Festival

    Basic information


    The New Stage

    Approximate running time

    1 hour 50 minutes, no intermission


    In French, surtitles in English, Czech

    Introduction and programme


    At the end of a night spent partying, a sister and a brother find each other. Twenty years ago, when they were still children, they were united by a fusional link that was to be torn apart by a dramatic event. Acknowledging the collapse of the system which provoked this traumatic experience, the two adults, endowed with a newly-found sensibility and capacity for analysis, draw up a range of actions and possible future. In Extra Life, Gisèle Vienne pursues her investigations into systems of perception. By developing and unfurling the experience of this life-changing moment, this opening-up of the senses, the choreographer invents a form in which the different strata of the present experience come into contact: past, present, anticipated future, memory construction, and the imagination. An extremely dense choreographic piece, Extra Life was devised via the articulation of propositions from the performers themselves, with the music by Caterina Barbieri, sound design by Adrien Michel and lighting by Yves Godin. In order to formulate the perceptive hierarchies, Gisèle Vienne makes use of a system of collages, developed in conjunction with the performers Katia Petrowick, Adèle Haenel and Theo Livesey. We are confronted with a stage language of a unique kind, in which the sense-led experiences nourish possibilities for the thought and spoken word.

    Cast and creatives

    Performers: Adèle Haenel, Theo Livesey, Katia Petrowick

    Conceived, choreographed, directed and designed by Gisèle Vienne
    Created in collaboration with and performed by Adèle Haenel, Theo Livesey and Katia Petrowick
    Original music: Caterina Barbieri
    Sound design: Adrien Michel
    Lighting design: Yves Godin in collaboration with Gisèle Vienne
    Texts: Adèle Haenel, Theo Livesey, Katia Petrowick, Gisèle Vienne
    Costumes: Gisèle Vienne, Camille Queval, FrenchKissLA
    Doll making: Etienne Bideau-Rey, Nicolas Herlin
    Stage manager: Antoine Hordé
    Sound engineer: Adrien Michel
    Light manager: Samuel Dosière, Iannis Japiot
    Technical coordination:
    Samuel Dosière
    Special thanks to Elsa Dorlin, Etienne Hunsinger, Sandra Lucbert, Romane Rivol, Anja Röttgerkamp, Sabrina Lonis, Maya Masse, Giovanna Rua, Lina Hinsky, Erik Houillier, Andrea Kerr
    Assistant: Sophie Demeyer
    Production and diffusion: Alma Office Anne-Lise Gobin, Camille Queval
    Administration: Cloé Haas, Clémentine Papandrea

    Produced by DACM / Compagnie Gisèle Vienne
    Coproduction: Ruhrtriennale – Festival der Künste (Bochum); Théâtre National de Bretagne – Centre Européen Théâtral et Chorégraphique; MC93 - Maison de la
    Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis; MC2: Grenoble – Maison de la Culture; Chaillot - Théâtre national de la Danse; Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène européenne; TANDEM Scène nationale (Douai-Arras); Points Communs – Nouvelle Scène nationale de Cergy Pontoise; CND Centre national de la danse; Comédie de Genève; Le Volcan – Scène nationale du Havre; Centre Culturel André Malraux – Scène nationale de Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy; NTGent (Gand); Printemps des Comédiens – Cité européenne du théâtre Domaine d'O Montpellier; Festival d'Automne à Paris; La Comédie de Clermont scène nationale; International Summer Festival Kampnagel (Hambourg); Triennale Milano Teatro; Tanzquartier Wien (Vienna); La Filature, Scène nationale de Mulhouse
    The Compagnie Gisèle Vienne is subsidised by the Ministry of Culture and receives support from the Drac Grand Est, the Région Grand Est and the City of Strasbourg
    Gisèle Vienne is an associate artist of Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse; the MC2: Grenoble – Maison de la Culture; the Volcan – Scène nationale du Havre; the Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes).

    The MC93 – Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, Chaillot – Théâtre national de la Danse and the Festival d'Automne à Paris are co-producers and co-presenters of this performance.
    With the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels

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    Practical information

    Where to buy tickets

    The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in July–December 2024.

    When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

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    By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

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    Buffets on the New Stage

    Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.