The Ventriloquists Convention

Gisèle Vienne, Dennis Cooper and Puppentheater Halle

The Ventriloquists Convention

Group picture from Vent Haven Convention 2014 © Estelle Hanania

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.


Marion Siéfert

27 November – 4 December 2015


In association with the Festival d’Automne à Paris


In English with French surtitles.

Age guidance 12 years+

Written by

Dennis Cooper and the company.

In collaboration with the Puppentheater Halle


KTL (Stephen O’Malley and Peter Rehberg)


Patrick Riou

Devised and performed by

Jonathan Capdevielle, Kerstin Daley‑Baradel, Uta Gebert, Vincent Göhre

and the performers of Puppentheater Halle :

Nils Dreschke, Sebastian Fortak, Lars Frank, Inès Heinrich‑Frank, Katharina Kummer


Jean‑René Étienne

Props, Set and Costume Design

Gisèle Vienne

in collaboration with Angela Baumgart

Puppet Design

Gisèle Vienne

Puppet making

Hagen Tilp

Make up and Wigs for Jonathan Capdevielle

Mélanie Gerbeaux

Performance Times

Every day at 8:30pm, Thursday 7:30pm, Sunday 3:30pm

Monday off

Running time

between 1 hour 50 minutes and 2 hours


Salle transformable

Premiere 14, 15 and 16 August 2015 at the Internationales Sommerfestival Kamnagel, Hamburg (Germany)