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.
Concept, Performance Sophie Guisset Artistic Collaboration, Performance Enis Turan Artistic Collaboration, Performance, Stage Design Cee Füllemann 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. Media partners: Arts of the Working Class, Berlin Art Link, Kulturplakatierung, Missy Magazine, Rausgegangen, tip Berlin, taz.die tageszeitung.