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

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Amazing! Complete transportation into another space/ time/ world.- Audience member

Very engaging experience, vivid and powerful images.“ - Audience member

What happens when the desires hidden in the dark corners of your mind are suddenly brought to light? What if they have been the driving force of your choices all this while?

Inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud, WHIST invites you on a journey into the unconscious mind, where your instincts will guide you through a narrative of surreal dreams and fears.

The experience merges Physical Theatre and Mixed Reality Technology, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual. Through art and sound installation coupled with cinematic and interactive 360° film, you will be immersed in a world of unfolding dreams. Who knows where your subconscious will lead you?

WHIST is 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.

"AΦE is investigating way of producing, processing and consuming visual information."


Artistic Directors: Esteban Fourmi and Aoi Nakamura (AΦE)
Shoot, VFX and Technology Partner: Happy Finish
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 Gulbenkian Canterbury and tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf
Supported by Arts Council England and South East Dance

Special thanks to Ashford Borough Council, Daniel Cheetham, Liz Moran, Mark Atkin, Scott White, Watermans Arts Centre, V&A, Ashford Youth Theatre, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Kent Wool Growers, and Freud Museum.