World premiere | 12-13 april 2017 | The gulbenkian, Canterbury (uk)

Inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud, WHIST invites you on a journey into the unconscious mind, through the dreams, fears and desires of a fictional family.

This one-hour 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.

Your instincts will guide you through a narrative of surreal world, exploring the story from one of the 76 different perspectives.

★★★★ Herald Scotland ★★★★ The Observer ★★★★★ Bouquets and Brickbats ★★★★★ Southside Advertiser

“WHIST is a boundary breaking piece, future facing in its use of the medium of VR to develop a new kind of narrative. A truly beautiful, compelling and important work.” – VICE, The Creators Project

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Note: This is a promenade performance where audiences will be required to wear a Samsung Gear VR headset and headphones.


Artistic Directors: Esteban Fourmi and Aoi Nakamura (AΦE)
Shoot, VFX and Technology Partner: Happy Finish
Composers: Scott Gibbons, Jozef Van Wissem
Set Designer: James Shaw
3D Sound Designer: Oliver Kadel (1.618Digital)
Dramaturg: Amanda Fromell

Performers: Robert Hayden, Tomislav English, Yen-Ching Lin, Nina Brown, Steve Rimmer

Producer: JiaXuan Hon (Blackwinged Creatives)
Creative Mentor: Jasmin Vardimon
Management Mentor: Ian Ross

Co-produced by University of Kent and tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf
Supported by Arts Council England and South East Dance

Special thanks to Ashford Borough Council, Watermans Arts Centre, V&A, CPH:DOX, Ashford Youth Theatre, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Kent Wool Growers, Freud Museum London, Liz Moran, Daniel Cheetham, Scott White, Tanya Laird, Mark Atkin, Sanjoy Roy, Creative Collective, Liat Lerner, and Elizabeth Cowie.