29th Festival 2019

Wednesday, 06. November 2019 // 3.00 – 10.00 p.m.

From 12 years

Thursday, 07. November 2019 // 3.00 – 10.00 p.m.

Friday, 08. November 2019 // 3.00 – 10.00 p.m.

Saturday, 09. November 2019 // 3.00 – 10.00 p.m.

Sunday, 10. November 2019 // 12.00 – 7.00 p.m.

(à 20 minutes for 5 audience members each)

Schauspielhaus / Diskothek

Unit price € 5,00

Compagnie Gilles Jobin & Artanim,



German première

Concept and choreography: Gilles Jobin

Virtual-reality-technology: Artanim

Costumes: Jean-Paul Lespagnard

Music- and Sounddesign: Carla Scaletti

3D-Artist: Tristan Siodlak

3D-Editing: Camilo De Martino

Dancers in the Video: Susana Panadés Díaz, Victoria Chiu, Diya Naidu, Gilles Jobin, Tidiani N’Diaye

A desert landscape in glaring sunlight reaches to infinity. Five avatars are facing each other on sandy ground. Virtual hands grasp hands of flesh and blood. What is real? And what is unreal? The dance piece »VR_I« by the Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin is a mix of performance and a 3D-film in which five audience members can submerge at once.

The levels meld: The desert suddenly ends in a city landscape or in a hut on the summit of a mountain. Equipped with VR-glasses, the audience can move freely in the real space and interact with dancers of the virtual world. Thus, dance can be experienced in a new and different way. For the first time, a choreographer is combining dance with virtual reality technology.

Gilles Jobin, born in Lausanne in 1964, lives and works in Geneva. He studied classical dance in Cannes and Geneva. In 1993, he became the co-director of the Théâtre de l’Usine, Geneva; later, he was named house choreographer at the Théâtre Arsenic in Lausanne. After ten years as a dancer in Madrid (1995) and London (1997), he started choreographing and founded his own company that now belongs to one of the leading dance groups in Switzerland. In 2016, he shot the 3D-film »WOMB«. For »VR_I«, he received the Grand Prix for the most innovative work as well as the audience prize at the Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), Explore, 2017 in Montréal.

World première: 06.10.2017, Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC), Explore, Montréal

Contact: www.gillesjobin.com

Production: Compagnie Gilles Jobin & Artanim, Geneva

Co-Production: Arsenic, Lausanne

The guest performance in Leipzig will take place with the kind support of Pro Helvetia – swiss arts council, Zurich, and Embassy of Switzerland in Federal Republic of Germany.