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

Read more press reviews and coverage here

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.



10-20/03/2020 Chaillot Theatre National de la Danse (Paris, France)
28/03/2020 Altpitch Festival (Hastings, UK)


22/02/2019 Watermans/Friday night live (London, UK)
20-21/07/2019 The Mill Arts Centre (Banbury, UK)
8-9/11/2019 Stereolux (Nantes, FR)


06-28/01/2018 Sydney Festival (Sydney, Australia)
04-08/04/2018 LOIKKA Helsinki International Dance Film Festival (Helsinki, Finland)
01-06/05/2018 Kapellhaus, Goethe Zentrum Baku (Baku, Azerbaijan)
19-23/06/2018 Sadler’s Wells Theatre (London, UK)
10-19/08/2018 George Town Festival (George Town, Malaysia)
13-22/10/2018 Territory Festival (Moscow, Russia)
02-10/11/2018 Tanzfestival Rhein-Main (Darmstadt and Wiesbaden)


12-15/01/2017 tanzhaus nrw (Dusseldorf, Germany) - Tryout
18/02/2017 V&A Museum (London, UK) – Tryout
16-26/03/2017 CPH:DOX (Copenhagen, Denmark) - Tryout
12-13/04/2017 Gulbenkian (Canterbury, UK) - World Premiere
19-20/04/2017 VR Shows (London, UK)
21/04/2017, 3-4/07/2017 Pavilion Dance South West (Bournemouth, UK)
17/05/2017 Curve (Leicester, UK) - Private viewing
23-25/06/2017 Ugly Duck (London, UK)
6-15/07/2017 Colours International Dance Festival (Stuttgart, Germany) – International Premiere
21/07/2017-03/08/2017 Festival Theatre (Edinburgh, UK)
19-20/09/2017 The Old Market/Brighton Digital Festival (Brighton, UK)
20-29/10/2017 Frequency Festival (Lincoln, UK)
03-07/11/2017 Geneva International Film Festival (Geneva, Switzerland)
11-12/11/2017 Watermans (London, UK)
16-17/11/2017 ACT Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria)