Jun
23
Jun 25

WHIST - London

  • Ugly Duck

VENUE

TICKET BOOKINGS

WHIST explores the notion of unconsciousness through the dreams, fears and desires of a family, characters of which are inspired by Sigmund Freud's real case studies.

The experience merges Physical Theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

You will be immersed in a surreal world, exploring the story from different perspectives.

Please note: Audiences are advised to wear comfortable footwear, and will be required to wear a Samsung Gear VR headset and headphones during the performance.

Jul
3
Jul 4

WHIST - Bournemouth

  • Pavilion Dance South West

VENUE AND TICKET BOOKING

WHIST explores the notion of unconsciousness through the dreams, fears and desires of a family, characters of which are inspired by Sigmund Freud's real case studies.

The experience merges Physical Theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

You will be immersed in a surreal world, exploring the story from different perspectives.

Please note: Audiences are advised to wear comfortable footwear, and will be required to wear a Samsung Gear VR headset and headphones during the performance.

Jul
6
Jul 15

WHIST - Stuttgart

VENUE

TICKET BOOKINGStickets(at)theaterhaus.com / +49 711-4020720

 

WHIST explores the notion of unconsciousness through the dreams, fears and desires of a family, characters of which are inspired by Sigmund Freud's real case studies.

The experience merges Physical Theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

You will be immersed in a surreal world, exploring the story from different perspectives.

“Beautifully crafted” “Mesmerising” "the most incredible & visionary experience"

Please note: Audiences are advised to wear comfortable footwear, and will be required to wear a Samsung Gear VR headset and headphones during the performance.

Jul
21
Aug 3

WHIST - Edinburgh

  • Festeival Theatre

VENUE AND TICKET BOOKINGS

WHIST explores the notion of unconsciousness through the dreams, fears and desires of a family, characters of which are inspired by Sigmund Freud's real case studies.

The experience merges Physical Theatre, interactive Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and an art installation, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

You will be immersed in a surreal world, exploring the story from different perspectives.

“Beautifully crafted” “Mesmerising” "the most incredible & visionary experience"

Please note: Audiences are advised to wear comfortable footwear, and will be required to wear a Samsung Gear VR headset and headphones during the performance.


Jun
19
6:00 pm18:00

Raindance VR Masterclass - VR & AR for Immersive Theatre, Performance and Art Installations + Live VR Avatar

  • Century Club

Virtual Reality has emerged as a new artistic medium and a creative platform. From storytelling to world building—how can creators leverage the power of immersive media, VR and AR?

AΦE will be joining the brilliant panel on this Raindance VR Masterclass to talk about the following:

360° films heightens the sense of presence for the viewers in an immersive environment where actions and events are taking place all around them. How do we harness this presence to enhance our storytelling in 360°? Using WHIST as case study, we will explore different techniques  derived from immersive theatre practice to unleash the power of the medium.

Tickets and more info on link below!

May
25
10:00 am10:00

VR Filmmaking Workshop - Canterbury

  • University of Kent

This is a closed session.

Workshop enquiry:  hello@aoiesteban.com

 

We will share the creative process of WHIST and different techniques to create an immersive environment derived from theatrical practice.

 

Through a mixture of demonstration, physical movement session, lecture, hands-on tasks and group discussions, participants will gain solid understanding and basic experience of creating an effective 360° VR film:

·       What is immersion in film and in theatre, and the role of the viewer?

·       The basic process and unique considerations in creation

·       The notion of our own body and its relation to space as important elements

·       Creating the story in an immersive environment (relationship between the story, action and the viewer)

·       Creating a multi-narrative story

·       Hands-on experience of using a 360° camera to complete a task that explores one of the techniques

 

May
23
10:00 am10:00

VR Filmmaking Workshop - Hatfield

  • University of Hertfordshire

This is a closed session.

Workshop enquiry:  hello@aoiesteban.com

 

We will share the creative process of WHIST and different techniques to create an immersive environment derived from theatrical practice.

 

Through a mixture of demonstration, physical movement session, lecture, hands-on tasks and group discussions, participants will gain solid understanding and basic experience of creating an effective 360° VR film:

·       What is immersion in film and in theatre, and the role of the viewer?

·       The basic process and unique considerations in creation

·       The notion of our own body and its relation to space as important elements

·       Creating the story in an immersive environment (relationship between the story, action and the viewer)

·       Creating a multi-narrative story

·       Hands-on experience of using a 360° camera to complete a task that explores one of the techniques

May
16
6:00 pm18:00

Artist Talk - Leicester

  • Phoenix Cinema and Art Centre

Artistic Directors Aoi and Esteban will talk about the making of their newest work, WHIST, an installation that combines 360° film with 3D sound, physical designed objects and physical theatre, where audiences becomes active participants of the journey through introduction of touch and auditory sensory and movements in space.

This talk is part of a wider talk series as part of the Practice Based Research Doctoral Training Programme run by the Institute of Creative Technologies at DeMontfort University.

Book your space here

WHIST Tryout
Apr
22
10:00 am10:00

WHIST Tryout

  • Pavilion Dance South West

After successful presentation at V&A, tanzhaus nrw and CPH:DOX, we are bringing WHIST tryout to Pavilion Dance South West in Bournemouth.

This is a 30-minute experience, where we test the interaction between the digital and physical elements. It is also an opportunity to glimpse into the physical installation and soundscape of WHIST.

Come along, and experience this unique installation combining Virtual Reality, physical theatre, visual art and 3D sound.

22 April 10am-8pm

Official link here.

WHIST World Premiere
Apr
12
Apr 13

WHIST World Premiere

  • Gulbenkian

WHIST

Journey into the unconscious mind as Interactive Theatre and Virtual Reality combine

World Premiere: The Gulbenkian, Canterbury 12-13 April 2017, various time slots (duration 60 minutes)

AΦE announces the world premiere of its newest dance and Virtual Reality production, ‘WHIST’, which will take place at the Colyer-Fergusson Hall at The Gulbenkian, Canterbury, 12 – 13 April 2017. Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s dream theory, WHIST invites audiences on a journey into the unconscious mind, where instincts will be the guide through a narrative of surreal dreams and fears.

Combining Physical Theatre and Mixed Reality Technology, the production bring the magic of theatre together with the type of special effects only possible in the world of film. WHIST incorporates 360 ̊ interactive film, soundscapes and an architectural art installation to create an environment that blurs all boundaries – between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual.

Immersed in a world of unfolding dreams, the viewer chooses his or her own path, creating a truly unique narrative dependent on choice – their personal decisions made through the course of the mesmerising hour- long experience.

 

PRESS RELEASE February 2017

Enter a large open room and the viewer is faced with a series of large-scale, geometric objects. This is the real world, but once the VR headset is worn, we are in dreamland, invited into the world of three main characters, figures lifted from Freud’s own patient case studies.

“We had many conversations with psychoanalysts working at the Freud Museum and were introduced to several patient case studies. We thought: ‘What if those patients formed one single family?’ And there we were, completely immersed in their worlds...Freud’s own theories about fears, dreams, symbolism in dreams and the notion of the unconscious is just the beginning.” Esteban Fourmi & Aoi Nakamura (Founders of AΦE)

52 is the number of narrative possibilities that exist, to create a unique experience for each viewer. No simple ‘red pill vs. blue pill’ format, WHIST implements interactive elements, subtly woven into the film to effect unconscious decision making. This puts the production at the very forefront of immersive storytelling innovation - leaving the strings that bind and pull at all times invisible. Regardless of choice being on either a conscious or an unconscious level, however, one thing is clear: once a decision has been made, the story's perspective will be drawn in one direction.

As always, we are both attracted by the unknown, and we wanted to exploit the full potential of VR to achieve a total immersion of our audience. The audience, in fact, is the live element of the performance. Everything else exists according to its individual decisions. The viewer is his own director. His decisions influence the entire perspective on the story. We hope people will leave with a strong sense of the narrative possibilities and their implications; we hope people will think about the many other ways of looking at things. We all have the tendency to forget all this in our daily lives." AΦE

From a technical point of view, it was challenging for us to come up with solutions to incorporate more than 110 minutes of film in high resolution with interactive 3D sound, and to create a seamless interactivity between real objects and the world within the VR headset. We feel that WHIST represents innovation in theatre making and also touring formats, as well as pushing boundaries in Virtual Reality Storytelling. We hope that people from all walks of life will fall in love with the work.” AΦE

The creative collaborators of WHIST include global creative studio Happy Finish as technology partner, composers Scott Gibbons and Jozef van Wissem (winner of the Cannes Best Soundtrack Award), and set designer James Shaw.

LISTINGS INFORMATION

***

 

Event: Venue:

Address: Dates: Times: Duration: Tickets: Website:

WHIST
The Gulbenkian
University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NB
12 – 13 April 2017
12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm , 7pm, 8pm (both days) 60 minutes
£10
www.thegulbenkian.co.uk

 

MEDIA ENQUIRIES
For further information, interviews or images please contact Tani Burns: T: +44 (0)207 377 5665
M: +44 (0)7888 731 419
E: tani@tburnsarts.com
W: www.tburnsarts.com
FB: TBurnsArts on Facebook
TW: @tburnsarts

 

About AΦE

AΦE is an Ashford-based dance company founded in 2013 by Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi. With the vision to bring the art of dance closer to audiences, our mission is to create high-quality productions and experiences that are not bound by a stage.

Driven by the power of body and movement in space, our productions are environments that allow the audience to enjoy total immersion. Each element in the performance space – the set, performers, audience, sound, objects – is part of an ecosystem, carefully constructed to allow audience’s own reflection on the subject explored.

We choreographed, directed and performed for award-winning works, such as Sean Rogg’s immersive experience The Waldorf Project, stage productions (Wound, Für Eli), 360 films (The Night Opera, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg video for Google Arts & Culture) and short films (Kai, Bysju promo, Chasing Mirror by Padre ft Jova music video). www.aoiesteban.com

Twitter / Instagram: @AoiEsteban

 

WHIST Credits

Artistic Directors: Technology Partner: Composers:

Production Designer: 3D Sound Designer: Dramaturg: Performers:

Producer:
Creative Mentor: Management Mentor:

Esteban Fourmi and Aoi Nakamura (AΦE) Happy Finish
Jozef Van Wissem
Scott Gibbons

James Shaw
Oliver Kadel (1.618Digital) Amanda Fromell
Robert Hayden
Tomislav English Yen-Ching Lin
Nina Brown
Steve Rimmer

JiaXuan Hon (Blackwinged Creatives) Jasmin Vardimon
Ian Ross

 

Co-produced by Gulbenkian Canterbury and tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Special thanks to Ashford Borough Council, Daniel Cheetham, Scott White, South East Dance, Watermans Arts Centre, Ashford Youth Theatre, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Kent Wool Growers, and Freud Museum.

NOTES

Age guidance: 16 years and above
Warning: Contains partial nudity and sexual reference

 

World Premiere of WHIST.

Ticket booking here.

Mar
16
Mar 25

WHIST Tryout

  • CPH:DOX | Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival

After successful presentation at V&A and tanzhaus nrw, we are bringing WHIST tryout to CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival.

This is a 30-minute experience, where we test the interaction between the digital and physical elements. It is also an opportunity to glimpse into the physical installation and soundscape of WHIST.

Come along, pay what you can, and be the first to experience this unique installation combining Virtual Reality, physical theatre, visual art and 3D sound.

16-25 March 12-8pm daily

Official link here.

Feb
18
1:00 pm13:00

WHIST Tryout

  • Victoria and Albert Museum

More than 800 people have seen WHIST trailer demo in VR headsets, and we are now pleased to announce the first tryout of the full production!

This is a 20-minute experience, where we test the interaction between the digital and physical elements. It is also an opportunity to glimpse into the physical installation and soundscape of WHIST.

Come along, pay what you can, and be the first to experience this unique installation combining Virtual Reality, physical theatre, visual art and 3D sound.

18 February 1-4pm

Free, drop-in

Official link here.

WHIST Tryout
Jan
12
Jan 15

WHIST Tryout

  • tanzhaus nrw

More than 800 people have seen WHIST trailer demo in VR headsets, and we are now pleased to announce the first tryout of the full production!

This is a 20-minute experience, where we test the interaction between the digital and physical elements. It is also an opportunity to glimpse into the physical installation and soundscape of WHIST.

Come along, pay what you can, and be the first to experience this unique installation combining Virtual Reality, physical theatre, visual art and 3D sound.

12-15 January 2017, 5-8pm daily.

Advanced booking required to Tel. +49 211 17270-0

Official link here.

Nov
11
10:00 am10:00

Digital Performance Artist Residency with AΦE and Laser Unicorns

Open Call for Residency in Watermans Theatre

In partnership with A0E, The Laser Unicorns are offering a small number of artists the opportunity to take part in a one-day scratch residency at Watermans in London on Friday 11 November. This residency will provide a space for developing ideas, engaging in dialogue and nurturing practices relating to digital performance.

You will be guided by A0E, an Ashford-based dance company founded in 2013 by Esteban Fourmi and Aoi Nakamura, along with members of the Laser Unicorns in an exploration into digital performance making over the course of the day. The main aim will be to share, discuss, experiment, and develop work and ideas relating to your practice, whilst being immersed in a supportive environment with like-minded individuals.

You will also be given an opportunity to share your findings with the Laser Unicorns as part of a digital arts symposium, which will be running at Watermans on Saturday 12th.

The Laser Unicorns are a collective of artists, practitioners, technologists, academics, and all those in-between, with the desire to cultivate connections and to nurture creative cooperation across all things performance and technology related. This residency aims to extend the collective by connecting with fellow artists in the field whom would be interested in sharing their ideas (current Laser Unicorn members include: Mark Coniglio, Ruth Gibson, Bruno Martelli, Jo Scott, Sarah Whatley, Maria Chatzichristodoulou, Sita Popat, Sophy Smith, Kerry Francksen).

Supported by De Montfort University Leicester

To apply, please write a 300 word expression of interest and forward to Kerry Francksen at kerry.dapper@hotmail.com

Deadline: 30th October 2016

Location: Watermans, London

Date: Friday 11th November 2016

Deadline for applications: 30th October 2016

Disciplines: All disciplines (and anything in between!). Performance, dance, music, media arts, photography, film and video, technology, visual arts…

Sep
17
Sep 18

WHIST Demo / BRIGHTON (UK)

The Old Market,
Hove, BN3 1AS

Ticekts: http://theoldmarket.com/shows/vrlab/

“ Amazing! Complete transportation into another space/time/world.”
Audience member
 
Explore the hidden stories of a strange family in a fictitious world inspired by Sigmund Freud and Shuji Terayama. Let your instincts determine what you see… Whose story will you follow?
Featured as part of the Virtual Reality LAB during Brighton Digital Festival, WHIST is a work-in-progress by artists Aoi Nakamura and Esteban Fourmi. In this interactive virtual dance performance, we invite you to experience the power of cinematic narrative, physical theatre and Virtual Reality in these early stages of development which investigate the meeting of dance and technology.

Supported by South East Dance and The Old Market

Aug
14
Aug 15

Workshop in Japan / KOBE (JP)

Information in English please contact at hello@aoieteban.com

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Apr
3
10:00 am10:00

The Night Opera - LONDON (UK)

About The Night Opera

The Night Opera is a series of experimental films in Virtual Reality by Trash game.

AΦE has choreographed and performed for their first project, 'A Resurrection in Clay', is a story of ritual and sacrifice, an exploration of the body in motion and a performance in digital sculpture.

'A Resurrection in Clay' will be shown for the first time as part of the Now Play This festival at Somerset House in London on 3 April 2016

 

Dec
5
11:00 am11:00

WHIST in VR DEMO

Our dreams and fears – are they what they seem to be?

Inspired by the work of Shuji Terayama and Sigmund Freud, we create pockets of fiction where the digital and the physical intertwine, where we could move between, only with the hope to gain an understanding of what reality is.
 

Whist is a 360° film of dance and physical theatre made to be experienced in the space of Virtual Reality (VR).

What you see today is result of our research into utilising the rapidly emerging VR technology to pilot a new form of dance experience for existing dance audiences and early adopters of technological innovation. 

We will continue to develop the project into a full production that combines the digital and physical experience.

More INFO

http://www.thegulbenkian.co.uk/events/theatre/2015/December/2015-12-05-thinknation.html

Nov
15
11:00 am11:00

WHIST in VR DEMO

  • Watermans Arts Center

We are excited to share with you the taster of our new Virtual Reality / Dance production WHIST at watermans Digital Performance Weekender.

The project is a Research and Development (R&D) project on utilising Virtual Reality (VR) technology to pilot a new form of dance experience for existing dance audiences and early adopters of technological innovation.

We investigate how the experience of performer and viewer could be extended, enhanced and augmented through means beyond our bodies. Through creating innovative VR content in partnership with London-based digital company Happy Finish (HF), we want to research into layering movement experiences in virtual and real environments, with gaming elements, to create a new artistic experience for current and future arts audiences.

The work is funded by Arts Council England and supported by Ashford borough Council, Jasmin Vardimon company, Gulbenkian theatre, Ashford Youth Theatre, Happy Finish, Kent Wool Growers and Fish Island lab.

We hope to see you there!

http://www.aoiesteban.com/ #WhistVR

MORE INFO: http://watermans.ticketsolve.com/shows/873541456/events?show_id=873541456
and
https://www.facebook.com/events/185821475085709/185823775085479/

Nov
11
12:00 pm12:00

WHIST in VR DEMO

  • Gulbenkian

We are excited to share with you the taster of our new Virtual Reality / Dance production WHIST at Gulbenkian.

The project is a Research and Development (R&D) project on utilising Virtual Reality (VR) technology to pilot a new form of dance experience for existing dance audiences and early adopters of technological innovation.

We investigate how the experience of performer and viewer could be extended, enhanced and augmented through means beyond our bodies. Through creating innovative VR content in partnership with London-based digital company Happy Finish (HF), we want to research into layering movement experiences in virtual and real environments, with gaming elements, to create a new artistic experience for current and future arts audiences.

The work is funded by Arts Council England and supported by Ashford borough Council, Jasmin Vardimon company, Gulbenkian theatre, Ashford Youth Theatre, Happy Finish, Kent Wool Growers and Fish Island lab.

We hope to see you there!

http://www.aoiesteban.com/ #WhistVR