In Japan, Gilles Jobin is often remembered for his well-received work “Text to Speech” as presented at Spiral Hall (Tokyo) and YCAM (Yamaguchi) in 2008. The dance performance depicted the relationship that humans have with “information.” He is a world-renowned choreographer known both for his keen observation of the human body and his highly sophisticated dance technique.
Now on another world tour including venues in New York, Seoul, Shanghai and other cities, he will again come to Japan with his newest work VR_I, utilizing new technology. Come and experience an immersion into the unknown and enjoy an encounter that blurs the line between dancer and audience; the viewer and the viewee.
■ About VR_I
“VR_I” was produced in collaboration with Artanim, a non-profit organization specializing in motion-capture technology* . Five participants, each equipped with headsets and computers, are allowed to immerse themselves in a virtual space in which the dancers appear. They can move about freely in a space of eight-by-five meters and engage in physical interaction with each other. This work was highly acclaimed at the 2017 Festival du Nouveau Cinéma held in Montreal, winning both the Innovation Award and Performances/Installations People’s Choice Award.
※motion-capture technology= the digitalization of real-time physical movement of persons and/or objects
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
Technical Artist : Rémy Maetz
Assistant to the Choreographer : Susana Panadés Diaz
Technical Director : Hugo Cahn
Technicians on Tour : Hugo Cahn, Camilo De Martino/ Tristan Siodlak
Administration & Accounting : Gonzague Bochud
Communication & PR : Sophie Sallin
Production : Cie Gilles Jobin, Geneva – Switzerland
Coproduction : Arsenic
With the support of :
City of Geneva,Canton of Geneva,Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council,Loterie Romande,Fondation Meyrinoise du Casino,Fonds mécénat SIG
Specific support credit for Tokyo date : TBC
■ Talk Event
Now spectators can do the dancing in the technology-enhanced world of contemporary dance
Two choreographers representing Switzerland and Japan promise to unfold a stimulating dialogue as a bold challenge to the world stage as they delve into the source of their resepctive creations from the front lines of the art scene. The two are well known for interpreting contemporary dance as a manifestation of social phenomenon in which they incorporate the latest in technology and communication modes; going far beyond the established notion dictating that “the dancer dances while the spectator specatates.”
Date: May 1st, 2019 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue: Spiral Garden (Spiral Garden 1F)
Speaker : Gilles Jobin, MIKIKO(choreographer)
Moderator：Kodama Kanazawa(Contemporary art curator)
Participation is free of charge but reservations are required.
■ Related Exhibition
2016 – CH – 32′
Admission Free／Reservation is not required
The 3D movie Womb by Gilles Jobin will be screened everyday during the event.
Womb is a film in motion, an immersive cinematographic object. Designed and conceived for 3D technology the film deploys an immersive strategy. Three characters emerge from a womb to discover the volume of the world. Always moving forward, abstract analogy of the unfolding of life, they progress through a long sequence shot from one stage to the next. The luminous set created by Sylvie Fleury and the spatialised composition of Franz Treichler (leader of the internationaly acclaimed rock band The Young Gods) combine with the complex textures of Jean-Paul Lespagnard’s costumes and Gilles Jobin’s choreography to create an unusual dialogue in space. Performers and stage sets, stereoscopy and choreography, visual arts and music combine in an enhanced stereoscopic experience for the viewer.
Director Gilles Jobin
Music Franz Treichler
Stage set Sylvie Fleury
Costumes Jean-Paul Lespagnard
Director of Photography Patrick Tresch
Choreography Gilles Jobin
Susana Panadés Diaz
Assistant director Camilo De Martino
Production Compagnie Gilles Jobin
■ General Information
CIE GILLES JOBIN ＆ ARTANIM PRESENT
A CONTEMPORARY DANCE PIECE IN IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL REALITY
Date 1 (WED), May, 2019 12:20—17:40
2 (THU), May, 2019 11:20—18:20
3 (FRI), May, 2019 11:20—18:20
※︎Instruction: 10 min. + VR_I Experience: 15 min.
Venue Spiral Garden（Spiral 1F）
5-6-23, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Ticket Pre-sale ¥1,000（tax included）
For more information : +81(0)3-3498-1171（Spiral）
Co-organized by The Embassy of Switzerland in Japan, Wacoal Art Center
Planned by Spiral
Graphic Design by Junya Maejima
◼︎ Time schedule
May 1st, 2019
May 2nd, 2019
May 3rd, 2019
・Participants must be over 8 years of age.
・Wheelchair users are welcome to participate. Please notify after purchasing ticket (03-3498-1171).
・We ask that persons with following conditions refrain from participating: Expecting mothers, persons with heart ailments and/or serious medical conditions, persons prone to motion sickness, inebriated persons, persons experiencing discomfort.
・Participants must be present at least five minutes before scheduled starting time.
・Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase.
・Ticket holders will be admitted to Art Festival SICF20 （www.sicf.jp/） free of charge.