The Ventriloquists Convention
Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper and Puppentheater Halle
The Ventriloquists Convention is a fictional reconstruction of one of the annual Ventriloquist Conventions in Kentucky. With the collaboration of Puppentheater Halle, Gisèle Vienne brings to the stage nine ventriloquists and their puppets, who discuss their professions and their daily concerns, while sharing tips and tricks of the trade. One by one, the individual voices speak and mingle: the natural voices of the ventriloquists, addressing the audience whilst their puppets perform; the voices of the puppets; and also those inner voices expressed by ventriloquism, but without physical support. Performed by nine puppeteer-ventriloquists speaking with thirty voices, this virtuoso score written by Dennis Cooper sketches a plethora of elusive and fractured subjectivities. As with much of Gisèle Vienne’s work, we witness voices separated from bodies, floating in space like ghosts – and the line between animate and inanimate beings becomes blurred and imperceptible. The Ventriloquists Convention moves between ordinary and supernatural situations, turning around that point of madness in every human being when the inner voices begin to converse and question who we really are.