AΦE is a touring company that creates performances not bound by the stage.
Based in Ashford, Kent, we started collaborating in 2013, and formally incorporated the company in 2016.
Inspired by a world transformed by new technologies, artistic directors Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi choreograph bold and unusual audience journeys. Our audiences are active participants within visually captivating environments.
Our work and interests are along the lines of immersive experiences where the choreography lies in audiences journeys', and we explore extensively with new technologies as tools for these experiences.
Our fascination is body in the space and possibility that technology offer for us to extend our imagination and communication with the audience. We create work that harness different art forms and technology not bound by presentation format.
The company's first major commission WHIST, a dance and Virtual Reality production, received its sold-out world premiere in April 2017. Within 19 months, it toured to 20 venues/festivals in 18 cities and 9 countries and was seen by more than 8000 paying audiences in dance, film, media art and technology. It also received positive reviews from industry professionals and press:
- “Suitably disorientating, great art” - Hedley Swain, Arts Council England Director of South East
- "Powerful, refreshing, exciting" - Creative Review
- “A boundary breaking piece. A truly beautiful, compelling and important work.” - VICE, The Creators Project
AΦE was recently commissioned to create an Augmented Reality version of ZeroDegrees (Choreographers/performers: Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui).
AΦE was one of the 60 organisations to be on Creative United’s Prosper business support programme in 2017-18, and TimeOut Sydney called it “an innovative UK dance company”.
Individually, Aoi and Esteban has been performing since 2006 at major companies in Europe such as Jasmin Vardimon Company, Punchdrunk, Saarländisches Staatstheatre, Hessishes Staatstheatre Wiesbaden and Staatstheater Kassel. They have also choreographed, directed and performed for works by other prestigious producers, including Sean Roggs’ immersive experience The Waldorf Project, a 360° film for Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (Google Arts & Culture) (240k YouTube views) and short film “Kai”.
They were also guest curators for an art exhibition and a Digital Performance Weekender for Devonshire Collective in Eastbourne in November 2017.