You could have seen Rendez-Vous here:

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.


Concept / Choreography: Fabien Prioville
Dancers: Iker Arrue, Louisa Rachidi, Zuzana Zahradnikova, Fabien Prioville
Assistance: Friederike Hansen
Management / P & O: Alexandra Schmidt
Technical Realization: Dr. Leif Oppermann, dr. Constantin Brosda, Urs Riedlinger (Fraunhofer FIT, St. Augustin)

A production by fabien prioville dance company, in co-production with tanzhaus nrw. Funded by Kunststiftung NRW, Kulturamt der Stadt Düsseldorf, Land NRW, Stadt Wuppertal.