Production Details / Press Releases
Vanilla: the opposite of kinky, a word used to describe someone with little inclination to do anything spontaneous or exciting, either sexually, or in general everyday life.
Vanilla sex: sex that usually doesn’t explore the edges of people’s comfort zones the way kinky sex might. Vanilla sex is also a term for whatever is stereotypically normal in any given period of time or social circle.
In Vanilla three performers explore the relationship of pleasure, sexual desire and food to question normativity in sexual practices.Through the intimate and vulnerable sharing of personal and fictional sex stories, the performance conducts a warm and soft exercise of imagination. In the process, the careful making and savoring of sauces on stage reflects on the care that is essential in sexual encounters. Sexuality can be everywhere and at any time. Vanilla gently invites the audience to open their sexual fantasy box and to put together their own recipes.
SOPHIE GUISSET is a Berlin based performer and performance maker. Her artistic practice focuses on the notions of intimacy, pleasure and playfulness. In her performances, she engages with spaces that allow protagonists, or players, to find a certain freedom and safety in order to explore private spheres. After completing her education in acting at the Royal Conservatory of Mons (BE) in 2011, she took part in the Dance Intensive Program at Tanzfabrik. Berlin in 2013. She has been collaborating with a.o. Olga Tsvetkova, Fanny Brouyaux, Consolate Sipérius, Enis Turan, Natasza Gerlach and Phillip Urrutia.
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Cast & Credits
CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE: Sophie Guisset
ARTISTIC COLLABORATION, PERFORMANCE: Enis Turan
ARTISTIC COLLABORATION, PERFORMANCE, STAGE DESIGN: Cee Füllemann
PERFORMANCE: Juan Felipe Amaya Gonzales
DRAMATURGY, ARTISTIC ADVICE: Lisa Vereertbrugghen
LIGHT DESIGN: Emilio Cordero Checa
SOUND DESIGN: Diana Dobrescu
TEXT ADVISER: Melanie Jame Wolf
EXTERNAL EYE: Fanny Brouyaux
PRODUCTION: Lara Joy Bues
A production by Sophie Guisset in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE, WpZimmer, Kunstencentrum Viernulvier, Charleroi Danse.
Supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the Flemish Authorities (BE).
The research was supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR, and Kampnagel Hamburg.
Thank you to Helga Baert, Matthieu Goeury, Marieke De Munck.
The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):