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VR_I

Cie Gilles Jobin & Artanim

ABOUT

For the first time ever, a choreographer combines dance with immersive virtual reality in a work that provides viewers with a unique sensory experience. Blending art with technology, VR_I resulted from the encounter between Gilles Jobin and the founders of Artanim, Caecilia Charbonnier and Sylvain Chagué, motion capture technology experts and virtual reality pioneers in Switzerland and abroad.
In association with them, Gilles Jobin developed VR_I, a work in which the creator questions our perception of reality and enters new unexplored and unchartered territories for contemporary dance.

Thanks to the virtual reality technology developed by Artanim, VR_I viewers equipped with virtual reality headsets and backpack computers move freely in a total virtual space. Five viewers at a time may explore this world, moving in turn in an endless desert, an urban landscape or inside a loft at the top of a mountain. Participants each embody an avatar that faithfully replicates their movements, enhancing the feeling of immersion in the virtual world while also enabling them to see their peers.
During the experience, participants can thus interact physically and even communicate with the others. Five virtual dancers then come to blur their perception, multiplying, growing to the point of becoming giants or becoming tiny. With these effects of scale, Gilles Jobin addresses the concept of spatiality in a truly original way.

The international cast for this work that was designed and produced in Switzerland features American composer Carla Scaletti, Belgian fashion designer Jean-Paul Lespagnard and dancers Victoria Chiu, Susana Panadés Diaz, Diya Naidu, Tidiani N’Diaye and Gilles Jobin himself.

PROJECT INFO

GENRE  LOCATION BASED SOCIAL VR

YEAR   2017

LANGUAGE   None

COUNTRY   Switzerland

PRODUCTION Cie Gilles Jobin, Geneva – Switzerland

COPRODUCTION Arsenic

CHOREGRAPHY Gilles Jobin

DANCE Susana Panadés Diaz, Victoria Chiu, Diya Naidu, Gilles Jobin, Tidiani N’Diaye

VR PLATFORM & IMMERSIVE TECHNOLOGY Artanim

COSTUMES & VIRTUAL SET Jean-Paul Lespagnard

3D MUSIC AND SOUND DESIGN Carla Scaletti / Symbolic Sound

PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Camilo De Martino

3D SCANS & MOTION CAPTURE Artanim

3D ARTIST Tristan Siodlak

3D EDITOR Camilo De Martino