Cosmogony – Live digital performance (2021)

Gilles Jobin


Cosmogony is a live performance featuring three dancers who are motion captured live at Gilles Jobin Company’s studio in Geneva and screened in real time.
The movements of the dancers are captured in Geneva, sliced up into digital ‘bits’ and sent instantaneously through cyberspace to appear as avatars, on screen and in real time for a live audience, thousands of miles away from the company’s studio. The dancers’ bodies and their avatars are entangled like particles in a quantum state, performing spooky actions at a distance, their movements instantaneously teleported across the world. The dancers act as the puppeteers of their own bodies, animating their avatars in real time and composing the cosmogony of a world in suspension. In a cosmic space or in the heart of a virtual city, the moving bodies of the dancers break free from the laws of physics to the droning analog sounds of Swiss doom rock band Tar Pond, offering the audience a mesmerizing journey beyond reality.


Director Gilles Jobin

Dancers Susana Panadés Diaz, Rudi van der Merwe, Jozsef Trefeli

Lead Dance Artist Susana Panadés Diaz
Lead 3D Artist Tristan Siodlak
Lead Technologist Camilo de Martino
Lead Technical Artist Pierre-Igor Berthet

Motion Capture Studios44/MocapLab
Mocap cameras Qualisys 

Music Tar Pond
Music Arrangement Marky Edelmann, Tommy Vetterli
Mastering Dan Suter / Echo Chamber

Administration Gonzague Bochud

Production Cie Gilles Jobin

With the support of the City and Canton of Geneva and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia



> – YouTube, 04/02/22, “ at Sundance: Cosmogony” (26’54)


> Léman Bleu, 20/05/21, “La vie d’artiste, Cosmogony de la Cie Gilles Jobin” (2’57)


24-25-27 January : Sundance Film Festival, Park City, USA

28-29 August : Comédie de Genève Theatre, Geneva, Switzerland


14-15-16 May 2021 : Singapore International Festival of Arts – SIFA, Singapore
4 September 2021: Bucharest International Film Festival – BIDFF 7, Bucharest, Romania