Premiere on May 4th, 2021 in Théâtre de Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland)

L’Étang was created in residency at Théâtre National de Bretagne in November 2020.


Based on the original work Der Teich (The Pond) by Robert Walser

To Kerstin


Concept, direction, scenography and dramaturgy Gisèle Vienne
Performed by Adèle Haenel and Ruth Vega Fernandez
Lights Yves Godin
Sound design Adrien Michel
Music direction Stephen F. O’Malley
Original music Stephen F. O’Malley and François J. Bonnet


Tour assistant Sophie Demeyer
Outside view Dennis Cooper and Anja Röttgerkamp


French translation Lucie Taïeb
From the German translation by Händl Klaus and Raphael Urweider (éd. Suhrkamp Verlag, 2014)


Collaboration to the scenography Maroussia Vaes
Conception of puppets Gisèle Vienne
Creation of puppets Raphaël Rubbens, Dorothéa Vienne-Pollak and Gisèle Vienne in collaboration with Théâtre National de Bretagne
Stage set production Nanterre-Amandiers CDN
Set and accessories Gisèle Vienne, Camille Queval and Guillaume Dumont
Costumes Gisèle Vienne et Camille Queval
Wig and make-up artist Mélanie Gerbeaux


Technical manager Richard Pierre
Sound engineer Adrien Michel and Mareike Trillhaas
Light manager Iannis Japiot and Samuel Dosière
Stage manager Antoine Hordé


Performance created in collaboration with Kerstin Daley-Baradel
Special thanks to Etienne Bideau-Rey, Nelson Canart, Patric Chiha, Zac Farley, Pauline Jakobiak, Jean-Paul
Vienne, César Van Looy


Production and touring Alma Office: Anne-Lise Gobin, Alix Sarrade, Camille Queval and Andrea Kerr
Administration Etienne Hunsinger & Giovanna Rua


Production DACM


Coproductions Nanterre-Amandiers CDN / Théâtre National de Bretagne / Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg – Scène
européenne / Holland Festival, Amsterdam / Fonds Transfabrik – Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant / Centre Culturel André Malraux, Scène nationale de Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy / Comédie de Genève / La Filature, Scène nationale de Mulhouse / Le Manège, scène nationale – Reims / MC2: Grenoble / Ruhrtriennale / TANDEM Scène nationale / Kaserne Basel / International Summer Festival Kampnagel Hamburg / Festival d’Automne à Paris / théâtre Garonne, scène européenne – Toulouse / CCN2–Centre chorégraphique national de Grenoble / BIT Teatergarasjen, Bergen / Black Box teater, Oslo


With the support of CN D Centre national de la danse, La Colline – théâtre national and Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne


Thanks to Point Ephémère for putting their rehearsal space at our disposal and to Playroom, SMEM, Fribourg for their sound studio



Original soundtrack



Création sonore : Adrien Michel

Direction Musical: Stephen F. O’Malley

Musique originale : Stephen F. O’Malley, François J. Bonnet


DoubleN “The Ride”

Written, produced & mixed for Cosmos Productions.


Mother in Dreams (at Frau Kocher’s)*

By Stephen F. O’Malley

Orchestration: Owen Morgan Roberts

Cello: Judith Hamann, Lucy Railton

Double bass : Félicie Bazelaire, Benjamin Duboc

Recorded Studio Delta, Paris July 2019

Mix EMS, Stockholm August 2020


Smoking Mother*

By Stephen F. O’Malley

Recorded SMEM, Fribourg December 2018

Mix EMS, Stockholm August 2020


Khanate “Too Close Enough to Touch” (version)

Alan Dubin: Voice

Stephen O’Malley: Guitar

James Plotkin: Bass + synthesiser

Tim Wyskida: Percussion

Recorded Hawkin’s Loft, Brooklyn 2002-2003


Laurence Crane “Bobby J” (1999)

Performed by Alan Thomas

Recorded in Hoby, Leicestershire August 2013


Der Teich Final*

By François J. Bonnet

Recorded Paris 2019


*Indicates original composition for L’Etang

Next performances