Virtual and augmented reality meet physical theatre and art in 'Whist'

Ashford-based company AΦE is touring new show 'Whist' which merges the latest technology with traditional arts to explore stories inspired by some of Sigmund Freud's real life case studies. It's premiere was in April 2017 and will tour in the summer starting in London on 23–25 June followed by Bournemouth, Stuttgart and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

An hour-long "experience", it includes virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR), physical theatre, an art installation and a cinematic 360° film.

Esteban Fourmi & Aoi Nakamura (AΦE) say: “As always, we are both attracted by the unknown, and we wanted to exploit the full potential of VR to achieve a total immersion of our audience. The audience, in fact, is the live element of the performance. Everything else exists according to its individual decisions. The viewer is his own director. His decisions influence the entire perspective on the story. We hope people will leave with a strong sense of the narrative possibilities and their implications; we hope people will think about the many other ways of looking at things. We all have the tendency to forget all this in our daily lives.

"We feel that WHIST represents innovation in theatre making and also touring formats, as well as pushing boundaries in Virtual Reality storytelling. We hope that people from all walks of life will fall in love with the work.”

AΦE (AE) is a dance company founded in 2013 by Esteban Fourmi and Aoi Nakamura with the aim to bring dance closer to audiences and to produce productions and experiences not contained onstage.

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