Compagnie Gilles Jobin & Artanim, Geneva


Dance in virtual space
A desert landscape in glaring sunlight reaches to infinity. Five avatars are facing each other on sandy ground and shaking each other’s hands. Virtual hands grasp hands of flesh and blood. What is real? 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 becomes a new thing that can be experienced in a new 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.
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German première on November 6, 2019
From 12 years


à 20 minutes for 5 audience members each


Susana Panadés Diaz, Victoria Chiu, Diya Naidu, Gilles Jobin, Tidiani N’Diaye as Dancers in the video


Concept and choreography: Gilles Jobin
Virtual-reality-technologie: Artanim
Costumes: Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Music- und Sounddesign: Carla Scaletti
3D-Artist: Tristan Siodlak
3D-Editing: Camilo De Martino

euro-scene Leipzig

05. Nov. – 10. Nov. 2019
“Parallelwelten” / “Parallel worlds”

euro-scene Leipzig, Festival of contemporary European theatre and dance, will take place for the 29th time from 05. – 10. November 2019. The stages of Schauspiel Leipzig are home to 4 guest performances and the competition “Das beste deutsche Tanzsolo” (“Best german dance solo”) in 11 performances in total.

Further guest performances at Schaubühne Lindenfels, Theater der Jungen Welt and LOFFT – Das Theater. The fringe programme includes audience discussions, films, an exhibition, a book presentation and a technical tour.

phone: 0341 – 980 02 84
Tickets may be ordered at Schauspiel Leipzig, at the festival box office at the Englandladen as well as at further advance ticket offices from now on. Further information

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.