La Comédie virtuelle (multi-user VR) (2020)

Gilles Jobin


Multi-user VR work, also accessible on PC and Mac

La Comédie Virtuelle  is a multi-user VR experience that enables the public to visit the Future Comédie de Genève, the new building of the oldest theatre in Geneva that will inaugurate its new premises next year.

The public will be able to move through the building’s various areas interacting with the space as well as with other “visitors”.
As for Cie Gilles Jobin’s  first immersive virtual reality creation VR_I, there is no technologyfortechnology’s sake, but a real non-linear narrative, actual aesthetic issues, and genuine artistic creation, and above all, the construction of a new creative and hosting space for virtual projects.
La Comédie Virtuelle  is an innovative and social project, accessible both with a virtual reality device and remotely from a computer screen. Access to the experience is therefore completely universal.

La Comédie Virtuelle, multi-user virtual reality experience, 2020


Each participant is assigned an avatar, which is able to move freely in the theatre’s various areas, see the other participants and converse with them. La Comédie Virtuelle, just like the “real” Comédie, is also a place for social gatherings. Thanks to the remote motion capture technology developed by Cie Gilles Jobin, events can be organised and virtual performances performed live; all this to a universal audience, located all over the world.


In the context of the Covid-19 health crisis, the Venice International Film Festival, Biennale Cinema 2020 will partially take place in the presence of an audience, but the Venice VR section will be 100% virtual
The festival will thus feature a virtual VR island where professionals and the public will meet virtually. In this undoubtedly historic year, the “new normal” specifically raises the issue of face-to-face and virtual meetings.
For the Venice Mostra 2020, Cie Gilles Jobin will present a daily live show in real time for the Press and Professional Days (31 August & 1 September) and for the accredited public throughout the festival (2 to 12 September 2020).


Production La Comédie Genève
General Direction NKDM
Administrative Director Bernard Laurent


Artistic Director Gilles Jobin
Original soundtrack Franz Treichler
Main dance artist Susana Panadés Diaz
Comédie Virtuelle dancers Victoria Chiu, Maelle Deral, Diya Naidu, Susana Panadés Diaz, Gilles Jobin, Tidiani N’Diaye

Executive Producer Cie Gilles Jobin
Creative Director & Technologist Camilo De Martino
3D lead artist Tristan Siodlak
3D artists Mickael Krebs & Nicolas Renard
Developer Pierre-Igor Berthet
Motion capture & 3D scans Cie Gilles Jobin
Motion capture technician Hugo Cahn
Main stage set design Victor Roy
Real time capture Cie Gilles Jobin
Boom Cloud technology Camilo de Martino – Cie Gilles Jobin
real time mocap technology Cie Gilles Jobin
Technical artist Pierre-Igor Berthet
Mocap cameras & technical assistance Qualisys – Motion Capture systems
Administrator Gonzague Bochud

« The Party » (atelier décor)
Choreography Susana Panadés Diaz
Original soundtrack Franz Treichler
Dancers Bangalore Diya Naidu, Priyabrata Panigrahi, Ronita Mookerji, Srinivas Prashant, Nidhi Baadkar, Anagha Kashyap, Bharath Yadav, Veer Nishad, Jean Fladberg Rose, Kumar Kiran, Maitreyee Joshi
Dancers Geneva Tidiani N’Diaye, Victoria Chiu,  Maelle Deral, Susana Panadès Diaz
Motion capture Susana Panadés Diaz
Collaboration Shoonya Dance Studio Bangalore

« Floating » (salle modulable)
Direction Gilles Jobin
Original soundtrack Franz Treichler
Dancers Victoria Chiu, Maelle Deral, Diya Naidu, Susana Panadés Diaz, Gilles Jobin, Tidiani N’Diaye
Motion capture Hugo Cahn
Mocap cameras & technical assistance Qualisys – Motion Capture systems

Sans Titre (titre provisoire)
Live shows during Venice Biennale

Artistic director Gilles Jobin
Dancers Geneva Susana Panadés Diaz, Gilles Jobin, Rudi van der Merwe,  József Trefeli
Motion capture Geneva Hugo Cahn
Motion capture technology Qualisys
Soundtrack Hahn Rowe
Dancer in Melbourne Victoria Chiu
Motion capture Melbourne Embodied Movement Design Studio, Centre for Transformative Media Technologies, Swinburne University of Technologies
Interactive Media Artists Kim Vincs, John McCormick
Motion capture Stephen Jeal
Supported by Carol Brown and VCA Dance at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Music

Dancer Bangalore Diya Naidu
Motion capture Bangalore Viga Entertainment Technology
Publicist Evelyn Wang

Production Cie Gilles Jobin
Co-production La Comédie Genève


Swiss Films, Istituto Svizerro Roma, Canton of Geneva, City of Geneva


> Page “La Comédie virtuelle” on the Biennale del Cinema, Venice VR Expanded


>, 31/07/2020, « Jon Favreau project among Venice VR competition titles »

> Le Temps, 12/06/2020, « Solitude virtuelle contre expérience collective »

> Color my Geneva, Spring 2020, « Comédie Virtuelle – Gilles Jobin »

La Comédie virtuelle, couloirs
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La Comédie virtuelle, donuts dancing