Text to speech (2008)

Premiered on March 6th 2008 at Bonlieu Scène nationale, Annecy, France


In Text to Speech, the way the bodies are perceived is closely linked with the sound materials and architecture. But here, for the first time, one will rather talk about words than about present day music or composition. Between sounds and speech, Gilles Jobin’s choreographic partition creates a fusion of material as if we were in the presence of a hoax or a script of political fiction. 

What contributes to the security phobia of Western countries here becomes a choreographic challenge. Putting the global status quo in the balance, capturing current affairs on stage, be that the way in which it circulates in public space, going from manipulation to fantasy, makes up part of the game set up by the performers and the choreographer.


23 January: Teatro Nuovostudiofoce – Journées de danse contemporaine suisse – Lugano, Switzerland
1-2-3 April: MC2, Grenoble, France

Premiere on March 6th: Bonlieu Scène Nationale – Annecy, France
26 to 29 March: Théâtre de la Ville – Paris, France
15 April: Le Cuvier de Feydeau – Artigues-Près-Bordeaux, France 
22 April to 02 May: tour in Poland ( 22 April in Poznan, 26 April in Kalisz, 29 April in Lublin and 2 May in Warsow) 
6 to 10 May: Théâtre de Carouge – Geneva, Switzerland 
14 May: Opéra de Rouen – Rouen, France 
14 June: Festival Latitudes Contemporaines – Lille, France 
21 July: YCAM – Yamaguchi, Japan 
26-27 July: Spiral – Tokyo, Japan 
12-13 September: Dampfzentrale – Bern, Switzerland 
16 to 19 September: Arsenic – Lausanne, Switzerland 
5 to 7 November: Gessnerallee – Zürich, Switzerland 


Choreography Gilles Jobin
Dancers Jean-Pierre Bonomo, Gilles Jobin, Richard Kabore, Sung-Im Kweon, Susana Panadès Diaz, Rudi Van der Merwe
Music Cristian Vogel
Light design Daniel Demont
Scenography Gilles Jobin
Technical manager Quentin Simon

Construction of tables Victor Roy
Synthetic voices Alice, Bruno, Claire, Graham, Louise, Peter, Pierre
Texts sources Wikipedia / Internet rewritten by Gilles Jobin and Jean-Pierre Bonomo
Administration Grégory Ysewyn
Tour manager Mélanie Rouquier
Accounting Yves Bachelier

Production Cie Gilles Jobin – Geneva, Switzerland
Co-production Bonlieu Scène nationale, Annecy, France – Théâtre de la Ville, Paris, France – Dampfzentrale, Bern, Switzerland

Supported by Loterie RomandeAcapela Group

Gilles Jobin benefits of a triennal associated support (2007-2009) from the City of Geneva, the Republic and Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council

Gilles Jobin is an associated artist of Bonlieu Scène nationale, Annecy