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.

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Join our hybrid event (online + on-site) on December 17.

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 focus on the topic of Virtual Theatre, the best harmony of arts 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 European Covid lockdown Gilles conceives with his digital company a live piece for a digital theater. In this ground breaking piece presented in competition at the 77th Venice Film Festival, 5 dancers from 3 different locations, Bangalore, Sidney and Geneva, meet 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.


18:00 – 18:30

Openning Remarks

Dr. Felix Moesner - Science Consul & CEO, Swissnex in China

18:30 – 18:35

Joint Presentation

𝗚𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗝𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗻 - Choreographer / dancer /director / producer
𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗮 𝗞𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗺𝗼𝘃 - Co-director of the Comédie de Genève

18:35 – 19:05

Panel Discussion

𝗚𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲𝘀 𝗝𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗻 - Choreographer / dancer /director / producer
𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗮 𝗞𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗺𝗼𝘃 - Co-director of the Comédie de Genève
𝗘𝗿𝗶𝗸 𝗞𝘂𝗼𝗻𝗴 - Managing & Creative Director; Creative Producer; Curator
𝗢𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗶𝗮 𝗛𝘂𝗮𝗻𝗴 - Director of International Projects in Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center (SDAC)
𝗬𝘂𝗮𝗻 𝗭𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴 - Curator of performance project at Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum

19:05 – 19:45

Networking Reception

19:45 – 21:00