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VIOLETTE

Showing on Jan 28–Feb 6

Playing at Studio 16

Joe Jack et John (Canada)

In this audacious combination of live theatre and Virtual Reality, viewers are invited one by one to enter a woman’s apartment; don a headset; and embark on a dark, magical journey...

We regret to announce the cancellation of Joe, Jack et John’s VIOLETTE co-presented with Théâtre la Seizième. For more information, please read our joint statement.

Read Joint Statement

Violette has a story to tell. This site-specific work brings viewers one by one into her private realm; it’s an experience that mixes live theatre and Virtual Reality, making use of both physical immediacy and digital world-building. The journey begins with a welcome from Violette; you are invited into her apartment and encouraged to peruse it freely. Then comes the dive into VR: donning a headset, you enter a 360° recreation of the dwelling, where a dark, fantastical tale will unfold…

In its rich sensory envelopment, Violette has the power to transport; as a moral statement, it has the power to transform. The work may tell the story of one woman on the margins of society, but it echoes far and wide in its implications, and the VR setting serves to create a powerful empathy. Here, for the first time at PuSh, is a digitally conjured world—one realistic enough to convince, magical enough to enchant, and dark enough to serve as a shadowy likeness of our own shared reality. 

Artist Bio

Joe Jack et John (Canada)

Joe Jack et John works across a range of disciplines; the group’s productions have used video, dance, the spoken word, and more to address urgent social issues and promote diversity. Théâtre la Seizième is the most prominent Francophone theatre company in BC. Each year it offers mainstage productions, presentations for youth, and more, including training and development programs.  

Venue

Studio 16

Address: 1555 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1

COVID 19 Policy: The virtual reality headset and the headphones used during the experience are sterilized after each participant using a Cleanbox, an independent lab tested device that employs UVC light to eliminate coronavirus bacteria.

All the objects and surfaces that the audience will come in contact with during the experience are disinfected after each use with quaternary ammonium.

For more information please visit: seizieme.ca/en/violette

When

January 28, 29 / February 4, 5, 7 – 5:00 p.m. 

January 30 & February 6 – 1:30 p.m.

January 31 – 12:00 p.m.

except Feb. 1 – 2 – 3

 

 

Content Advisory

This work addresses the subject of sexual violence and other abuses that women with disabilities may experience, but there are no graphic scenes of those acts in the video.

For reasons of health and safety, the use of virtual reality headsets is strictly reserved for patrons ages 13+

Additional restrictions apply to patrons with certain health conditions. Please take the time to carefully review the health and content warnings prior to your visit.

Credits

PRODUCTION Joe Jack et John ORIGINAL CONCEPT/DESIGNER/DIRECTOR Catherine Bourgeois TEXT Amélie Dumoulin CAST Stephanie Boghen, Tamara Brown and Anne Tremblay SOUND DESIGNERS Éric Forget COSTUME DESIGNER Amy Keith SET DESIGN ASSISTANTS Noémie Avidar and Alizée Millot DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY/VFX SUPERVISOR Sébastien Gros COMPOSITING/ANIMATION Geneviève Coulombe DEVELOPER Peter Wilkinson EDITOR Martin Morissette INTEGRATION / VR EXPERIENCE CONSULTANT UNLTD inc. TRANSLATION Leanna Brodie TECHNICAL DIRECTION Brandon Hepworth REHEARSAL AND STAGE MANAGER Lorie Ganley PRODUCTION COORDINATION Pénélope Bourque SET BUILDING Gauvin Fabrique

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