Café des Sciences: Virtual Theatre

We will invite Gilles Jobin, Natacha Koutchoumov, Erik Kuong, Ophelia Huang, and Yuan Zhang, all experts in performing arts to share their thoughts on Virtual Theatre.

Event Details

Location

swissnex China office
22F, Building A, Far East International Plaza, 319 XianXia Road, Shanghai, China

Date

[Hybrid] December 17, 18:30 – 19:45 (China) / 11:30 – 12:45 (Switzerland)

The Covid-19 has generated great impact on the creative industry. The lockdown and social distance measures are pushing people to seek for new format to conduct cultural activities. The digitalization of artistic works is getting more and more popular. For artists, the challenge also brings opportunities. It is the time to explore further the combination of arts and technologies. Meanwhile, their desire to reform the participation and interactions between audience and stages is growing stronger.

 

On December 17th, our 24th Café des Sciences will present the Virtual Theatre, a format that perfectly harmonizes art and science. We will invite Gilles Jobin, a dancer, choreographer and director and Natacha Koutchoumov, the Co-director of the Comédie de Genève to give a joint presentation on the project of La Comédie Virtuelle. In March 2020 during the pandemic lockdown in Europe, Gilles conceived a live piece for digital theater with his digital company. In this ground-breaking piece presented at the competition held at the 77th Venice Film Festival,  5 dancers from 3 different locations, Bangalore, Sydney and Geneva, met together in the same virtual space in real-time, motion-captured from where they are. Separated by thousands of kilometers, they dance and interact in the same virtual space in front of an international online live audience.

 

In the subsequent panel discussion session, aside from Gilles Jobin and Natacha Koutchoumov, we will also hear from Erik Kuong, the Managing & Creative Director of Creative Links Ltd., Ophelia Huang, the Director of International Projects in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC) and Yuan Zhang, the Curator of performance project at Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum to share their thoughts on various topics, including the application and impact of VR in the performing arts, the feasibility of “virtual theater” as a venue for performing arts, the distinction between VR performance and VR games, as well as marketing and public participation.

 

Event Rundown

*program from 18:30 – 19:45 (China) / 11:30 – 12:45 (Switzerland)  will be live broadcasted via Zoom
18:00 – 18:30  Registration

18:30 – 18:35 

 

Opening Remarks

Dr. Felix Moesner

Science Consul & CEO, swissnex China

18:35 – 19:05 

 

Joint Presentation

Gilles Jobin

Choreographer / dancer /director / producer

Natacha Koutchoumov

Co-director of the Comédie de Genève

19:05 – 19:45 

 

Panel Discussion

Panelists:

Gilles Jobin

Choreographer / dancer /director / producer

 

Natacha Koutchoumov

Co-director of the Comédie de Genève

 

Erik Kuong

Managing & Creative Director, Creative Links Ltd.

Executive Director, Point View Art Association

Creative Producer, BOK Festival

Curator, ROLLOUT Dance Film Festival

 

Ophelia Huang

Director of International Projects in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC)

Programme Director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival

 

Yuan Zhang

Curator of performance project at Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum

19:45 – 21:00  Networking reception

 

 

Speakers

 

 

Gilles Jobin

Choreographer / dancer /director / producer

 

Internationally renowned choreographer Gilles Jobin has created more than twenty dance pieces since 1995 which have earned him critical as well as public acclaim. In 2012 he was the first resident artist at CERN the world’s largest particle physics laboratory in the world located in Geneva. In 2013 he created QUANTUM a piece that toured extensively internationally and was presented in India in 2015 in Bangaluru, New Delhi and Chandigarh. In 2015 Gilles Jobin is awarded with the Grand Prix for Dance by the Swiss government. Fascinated with new image technologies, Jobin directs in 2016 WOMB a dance  film in 3D. One year later, he creates VR_I, a dance piece in immersive virtual reality at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, a work that has been featured in more than 40 venues around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Venice Film Festival and the Dance Biennale in Lyon. Two augmented reality projects followed in 2019, Magic Window (Location based AR) and Dance Trail (AR for IOS)opening at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. That same year his team creates a digital model of a real theatre under construction in Geneva,  La Comédie de Genève.

 

Natacha Koutchoumov

Co-director of the Comédie de Genève

 

Natacha Koutchoumov has been the co-director of the Comédie de Genève since 2017. After studying at Fordham University in New York then and Paris IIV (Sorbonne) specialized in modern literature, she entered ENSATT (Ecole de La rue Blanche, Paris) where she trained with Nada Strancar, Alain Knapp, Adel Hakim , Aurélien Recoing, and Claudia Stavisky. Natacha Koutchoumov has worked for the theater and cinema for 20 years as an actress. She is known for Garçon Stupide (2004), Do Not Panic (2006) and Another Man (2008). Already nominated for the Swiss Cinema Prize for her role in Garçon Stupide, she won this award in 2007 for her portrayal of a phobic in Do Not Panic. She is interested in writing and collaborates regularly as a columnist in the press and on the radio (Le Temps, les Quotidiennes, RTS-La Première). RTS, Rita productions and Akka films also collaborate with her on writing, to develop television and film scripts. In 2015 she directed Le Beau Monde after Le Mariage de Krétchinski by Alexandre Soukhovo-Kobyline at the Théâtre du Loup in Geneva, then Summer Break after Le Songe d’une Nuit d’Eté by Shakespeare (Théâtre du LOUP / TPR / TLH-Sierre). As part of La Manufacture, she puts on two shows: Skal! around Ibsen, Strindberg and Ingmar Bergman, and For the last time around Bérénice de Racine. Passionate about theatrical art education and acting management, she regularly teaches at at the La Manufacture-HETSR (High School of Performing Arts) as well as in l’ECAL and HEAD-Geneva.

 

 

Erik Kuong

Managing & Creative Director, Creative Links Ltd.

Executive Director, Point View Art Association

Creative Producer, BOK Festival

Curator, ROLLOUT Dance Film Festival

 

Erik is an independent producer and curator of interdisciplinary and intercultural projects. A core member of “Asian Producers’ Platform”. He has worked as programmer and festival producer in the cultural department of Macao government for more than a decade. He has produced fringe festivals, arts festivals, film festivals and other public festival events. He is the creative producer of BOK Festival and curator of ROLLOUT Dance Film Festival.

In 2009, he became an independent producer and focuses on curating international arts collaboration projects, producing collaborations between Asians and international artists. Also, promoting Macau immerging artists to international performing arts market. He has curated Macao Contemporary Arts Festival in Beijing, Made in Macao series performances in Edinburgh Festival Fringe and TPAM Fringe in Yokohama.

In recent years, one of his productions – an original Chinese music theatre “Mr. Shi and His Lover” is staging in Tarragon Theatre (Toronto) for 6 weeks and another 2 weeks in National Arts Centre (Ottawa) as part of their season programme. It received three awards from Toronto Theatre Critics Awards: “Best New Musical of the Year”, “Best Actor” and “Best Supporting Actor”. Also, five nominations from DORA Awards in 2017/18 theatre season. In the same year, he also collaborates with Music Picnic from Toronto to co-produce “Picnic in the Cemetery” and “I Swallowed a Moon Made of Iron” for Canadian Stage (Toronto) 2017/18 and 2018/19 theatre seasons. He recently producing an Asian co-production “Moon Soon Deuk Coexistence Project for Countries that Moon Drifted” with Korea, Okinawa, Philippine and Macao.

 

 

Ophelia Jiadai Huang

Director of International Projects in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC)

Programme Director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival

 

Ophelia Jiadai Huang is Director of International Projects in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC) and Programme Director of ACT Shanghai International Theatre Festival. Ophelia had previously worked in arts journalism, gallery, international arts residency programme as well as international cultural agency since 2001. She plays an active role in connecting local independent scene with institutions, and sits in advisory boards for a few arts festivals and networks in Asia. Ophelia is also a dramaturg and performance artist.

 

 

Yuan Zhang

Curator of performance project at Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum

 

Yuan Zhang is a curator of contemporary performing arts. He cooperates with different international art institutions such as theaters, galleries and art festivals. And he pays particular attention to the creation of independent artists. He is currently the curator of the performance project at the Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum, responsible for the curation of performance projects and the operation of the international collaboration projects.

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