If It Were Love (2020)

Fifteen young dancers of different origins and horizons are on tour with Crowd, Gisèle Vienne’s epic dance piece exploring the 90’s rave scene. From theatre to theatre, the work mutates into strange, intimate relationships. Is the stage contaminating real life – or the opposite? A disturbing journey exploring our nights, our parties, our loves.

Production notes

Glow sticks shine and the sweat pours as ecstatic ravers search for a connection with themselves and with others. But unlike at techno parties usually, there is no liberation. Movement is slowed down to the extreme, repetitive and jerky, and above it all hovers the threat of the party coming to an end.

In If It Were Love, which won the Teddy Award for the best documentary at the Berlinale, and in Crowd, which explores the dynamic between lust and control, raves appear as rituals and as the conscious abandonment of the everyday grind. As the dancers contemplate the characters they are playing, Crowd becomes both clearer and more mysterious. The irresistible trance and techno tunes cast the viewer back in time and leave them there, in a trance.

Henna Raatikainen (translated by Sami Salo)

  • Orig. title: Si c'était de l'amour
  • Language: English, French, Swedish
  • Subtitles: partly English
  • Distribution: Best Friend Forever
  • Cinematography: Jordane Chouzenoux
  • Editing: Anna Riche
  • Sound: Pierre Bompy