Dancing Audience

November 2, 2023

The fabien prioville dance company in collaboration with En-Knap Group takes the audience on a captivating experience of VR films while contributing to a simultaneous live performances.As the audeince puts on their VR glasses and explores the virtual realm, live dancers respond and interact with their movements, creating a dynamic and reciprocal dance experience.

Who’s dancing? 
Who’s watching? 
Which watchers are dancing? 
Which dancers are watching?
Who dances and who watches?

Immersion into virtual space with head-mounted displays enables the gaze of the virtual, recorded choreography, but it also disables the gaze of the physical space, while opening up the virtual gaze of the mind and body into spontaneous, physical choreography in the space. The interactivity between virtual dancers and physical watchers with head-mounted displays binds with the interactivity between physical dancers and physical watchers without head-mounted displays. By way of interactivity and immersion, a spontaneous, physical choreography emerges out of the virtual, recorded choreography, in fact, a hybrid or synthesis of both, blurring the line dancer-watcher.

premiere: September 27th 2023 at Španski borci Cultural centre, Ljubljana
further shows: September 28th and November 9th 2023 at Španski borci Cultural centre, Ljubljana

german premiere: January 12th & 13th 2024 at tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf during TEMPS D’IMAGES Festival

 

Concept and Choreography: Fabien Prioville with original material by
En–Knap Group: Nuria Capella Florensa, Mattia Cason, Tina Habun, Davide Lafabiana, Tamás Tuza, Carolina Alessandra Valentini (performing live).
and fabien prioville dance company: Francesca Ciaffoni, Anna Süheyla Harms, Evan Schwarz, Tijana Prendović (performing in VR)
VR Camera and Editing: Christoph Vogel
VR Editing: Omar Ismail
Dramaturg: Annette von Keudell
Light Design: Špela Škulj
Costume Design: Katarina Markov (Atelje d.o.o.)
Makeup and Hair Design: Empera, Vanja Djuran
Rehearsals Director En–Knap Group: Ana Štefanec Knez
Communication & Creation: Dražen Dragojević, Valerija Intihar, Marko Damiš
Editor: Dražen Dragojević
Photography and Video: Lin Gerkman

Production: fabien prioville dance company & En–Knap Productions

En–Knap Productions:
En–Knap Productions Executive Director / Španski Borci Cultural Centre Artistic Director: Iztok Kovač
En–Knap Productions and Španski Borci Cultural Center Managing Direcotr: Marjeta Lavrič
Technical Coordinator: Jaka Šimenc
Technical Support: Omar Ismail, Leon Curk, Hotimir Knific, Gal Škrjanec Skaberne, Špela Škulj
Executive Producer: Karmen Keržar
Communication and Creation Strategy: Dražen Dragojević
Communication and Creation Execution: Valerija Intihar
Design: Marko Damiš
Head of Finance: Julija Travančić
Programme Organiser and Coordinator: Katja Gabrijelčič

fabien prioville dance company:
Artistic Director: Fabien Prioville
Management: Alexandra Schmidt
Production Management: Hannah Busch
Production Assistant / Social Media: Pascal Jung

En–Knap Productions and Španski Borci Cultural Centre (En–Knap Productions as administrator) are supported by: City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture, and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia

fabien prioville dance company is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW, the Cultural Office of the City of Düsseldorf, the Foundation of the Sparkasse Düsseldorf, and the Cultural Office of the City of Wuppertal

fpdc christmas

February 13, 2023

A collaboration of fabien prioville dance company, Mischa Lorenz, Vertere Berlin and DUAT Records.

2Sides

November 22, 2022

2Sides builds on the insights gained in the course of the Corona pandemic regarding liveness in the performing arts and focuses significantly on streaming formats and behaviors that go beyond a mere functional analysis of already known platforms such as Zoom and YouTube. Rather, 2Sides is an experimental setup that creates a kind of space within a space, connecting and colliding both worlds – physical audience/performance and digital equivalent. The play with expectations of both the performers and the audience is crucial in this performance.

Four performers meet in a black box interacting with each other in front of an audience. At the same time they are filming themselves constantly, uploading content to a website specially programmed for this project and go live on Tik Tok and Instagram.

At home there is another audience that sits in front of their screen, observes the same dancers interacting with each other but experiences a different kind of performance. The website allows the user to customize their perspective on the show so that the online viewer always has the possibility to decide for a certain perspective / extract of the show.

Everybody watches the same show but do they really have the same or at least a comparable perspective?

2Sides was performed from January 12th-14th at tanzhaus nrw.

 

Note
At certain moments during the performance, some clips of the play will be streamed on social platforms such as TikTok and Instagram. If you would like to be notified when the streams go live, please follow these accounts below. Cell phone use in the performance is thus expressly permitted!

instagram: @fabien.prioville_dance.company
TikTok: @fabienpriovilledance

12Fitfy Mb/s

August 8, 2021

“12Fifty Mb/s” is about the artistic examination of the topic “Big Data”.  In this interactive performance the processes of Data collection and Data privacy are being investigated.

In “12Fifty Mb/s” four international dancers search for the pillars and limits of Big Data and also address the question of how resistance can be made in the context of Big Data despite the permanent collection of data.

For the experience of the performance, a special app was developed in collaboration with the MIREVI team from the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf. The audience will be provided with a smartphone and the developed app. The dancers’ movements and the choreography function as raw data, which is sent to the audience’s smartphones to be converted into information. The choreography is build around three layers of technology such as Motion Capture, QR Codes and NFC Tags, each with their own personal approach and interactivity.

Contemporary dance is used to make the digital network process and the process of data collection tangible.

premiere: November 25th 2021 at tanzhaus nrw.
further shows: 26th & 27th of November at tanzhuas nrw

guest performances:
27th June at International Summer Dacne Festival, Yerewan, Armenia
19th August 2022 at tanz.tausch festival, Cologne
2nd September 2022 showing at tanzmesse, Düsseldorf
16th September 2022 at Favoriten Festival, Dortmund
15th September 2023 at FORUM Leverkusen

 

A production of fabien prioville dance company, coproduced by tanzhaus nrw. Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW; the Cultural Office of the City of Düsseldorf; the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the state of NRW and Neustart Kultur of Performing Arts Fund.

Alpha

January 26, 2021

Alpha, conceived and produced by fabien prioville dance company, sends visitors on a gaming parcour. The performance installation is an experimental arrangement that deliberately leaves room for the element of chance in order to offer the audience the opportunity to independently explore the museum / performative space.

The focus is now no longer on the fundamental exploration of possible uses of smartphones in a performative context, but rather on the exploration of new habits on the one hand and the development of collective concepts of use on the other.

Developed together with the team of LavaLabs and the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf, Alpha starts as a freely downloadable app that successively turns the visitors’ private smartphone into a kind of natural extension of the body.

The app invites visitors to playfully explore the exhibition, while they are asked to collect parts of a code using their private smartphones in order to gain access to an additional room at the end, where a “performative reward” awaits.

The installation was visible in the frame of the exhibition ‘Welcome to Paradise‘ in NRW-Forum Düsseldorf from August 27th 2021 till January 9th 2022. Click here to go to the website of the exhibition.

Upcoming dates to be announced.

 

 

A production of fabien prioville dance company, co-produced by NRW FORUM. Supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of NRW; the Cultural Office of the City of Düsseldorf and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF.NRW).

ZOOMOLOGISTS

November 24, 2020

The ZOOMOLOGISTS is a multi-perspective research on the digital multiplication up to the dissolution of the performative body. Five professional and internationally established dancers expand the classical viewer’s perspective via zoom to include their private surroundings, which becomes the new stage for their individual performances. Playing with several cameras takes on an important position, as the dancers consciously work with an almost voyeuristic penetration of a foreign space. The performers thus implement several cameras in their environment, which can be controlled at different times. Each perspective can be displayed in a separate window in the zoom view, so that the impression is quickly created that one is observing parts of the performance from the perspective of a surveillance camera.

« The ZOOMOLOGISTS » was conceived out of the pandemic. Being a Zoom based project, created and performed via the Zoom Application. Its entire design is scaled and crafted for the web, and looks to create a 100% digital experience of dance. « The Zoomologists » are products of a society in crises, locked at home, battling its way out of a foreign virus, and paradoxically, so much creativity has managed to find its way to our homes and screens »

« The ZOOMOLOGISTS » was presented as a try-out in a live-streaming on YouTube. Afterwards fabien prioville dance company invited the audience to a talk on Zoom to exchange about the experience.

This research project is funded in the frame of RELOAD fond by Kulturstiftung des Bundes.

 

 

VR Dance Film Installations

April 24, 2020

With “Rendez-Vous” and “Here we are” the fabien prioville dance company looks at an entirely new genre for contemporary dance. In cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institut FIT St Augustin, Fabien Prioville challenges the traditional theatre space, perspectives and viewing habits of the audience.

Off the stage and into virtual reality, the company developed a new concept for the viewing of contemporary dance that can travel to any city, country or continent. Fabien Prioville’s choreography is performed and recorded by a 360°-camera in public spaces. The recorded videos will be presented to the audience at the locations through VR-glasses. VR-technology offers the audience a unique perspective on contemporary dance, and a new method of perception. It challenges the common experience of a live performance, plays with the senses of the audience and offers unknown potential for the experience of dance for choreographers, dancers and audience.

 

Dates:

International tanzmesse nrw, Düsseldorf (Germany) 31st August 2018
La Biennale de la danse, Lyon (France) 13th – 23rd September 2018
14. Kongress der Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft, Düsseldorf (Germany) 08th November 2018
Next Level – Festival for Games (Germany) 22nd – 25th November 2018
Underground IV Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (Germany) May 3rd – 4th 2019
Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (Germany) May 26th 2019
Open Look International dance Festival (Russia) August 13th-17th 2019
Moovy Tanzfilm Festival (Germany) July 24th – 26th 2020
Festival/Tokyo (Japan) 16th October – 15th Nov 2020

Rendez-Vous

December 5, 2019

31.8.2018 – in the framework of international dance fair nrw

17./19./20.1.2019 – in the framework of Festival Temps d’images (tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf)

3.5.2019 – Opernhaus Wuppertal (Co-production with Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch)

14. – 17.11.2019 – in the framework of Athens Digital Arts Festival (Co-production with tanzhaus nrw)

After “The Smartphone Project” the fabien prioville dance company turns to a new genre with “Rendez-Vous”. In collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute FIT St Augustin, Fabien Prioville explores the challenges of the latest VR technology and the associated possibilities for contemporary dance. Away from the stage, into virtual reality, a video-dance installation is being developed, which is not only recorded in public space but also experienced by the audience. The classic, narrative theater space will be expanded in two ways. Not only are the recordings of choreography in public space, in Düsseldorf, for example, in a café (NOOIJ Café,

Tanzhaus NRW) and a park (Ehrenhof) instead, but also the installation will only be shown at the respective recording locations for spectators. The choreography by Fabien Prioville is recorded on site by a 360 ° camera. The resulting film becomes visible to the viewer as a virtual reality with VR glasses and can be played as often as required and without technical support for the audience. With the new technological possibilities, the viewer experience goes beyond the conventional, two-dimensional recording and offers a real alternative to reality – just the virtual reality. The accustomed viewing experience of the viewer is challenged and the VR glasses offer a new perspective of experiencing and participating in contemporary dance. The installation is a play with the senses, for although the location of the virtual performance is the same as the physical of the viewer, through the VR technology it enters a new perception of space and dance.

The project deals not only physically, but also virtually with the reception of contemporary dance. The proximity to the dancer body is made tangible in a way never before known. Interfaces and boundaries between theater, dance, space, the public, movement and perception are expanded and challenged by the new aspect of virtual reality.

The tension between physical live experience and media-produced, virtual reality offers choreographers, dancers and spectators a challenge and unknown potential for a new way of perceiving dance.

 

Power Moves

November 28, 2019

Five highly skilled Hip Hop dancers from South-East Asia encounter choreographer Fabien Prioville in Düsseldorf to work on a new project that is dedicated to the large complex of Power – Body – Movement.

Power Moves, a term used in street dance, mostly define movements in B-Boying that are specifically impressive, virtuosic and powerful. They are the initial starting point and become part of the research question in how connections between power and movement in dance, are analysed in their negative outgrowth and can yet be artistically transformed and produced positive.

Research areas of the new choreography are Power Moves ‘in court’ and ‘in battle during competition’: In ceremonies and movement cultures, how (in-) visible or (un-) clear is power undermined, illustrated and generated? Historic continuities and breaks of both spheres ‘court and Hip Hop’ are worked with: How do bodies move in contexts of power and can they be (re-) staged playfully?

How do you fear?

November 26, 2019

This project is a solo for the dancer Gesa Piper. The work focuses on investigating fear as a technology of power and its direct and indirect impact on the individual, social body.
The projection mapping is realized by the Rotterdam based interaction designers Rnul interactive.