Fugue VR

  • Michel Reilhac + Yoann Bourgeois / CCN2 grenoble


    Circus in virtual reality

  • 20mn
© Maison de la danse
© Small Bang
© Maison de la danse



With Fugue / Trampoline, Yoann Bourgeois created a vertiginous dance performance of a man moving on a staircase leading nowhere. Now, after enjoying worldwide success, the artist invites audiences to immerse themselves in the heart of this iconic show.

Working with Michel Reilhac, one of the iconic figures of virtual reality, he shares the "vertigo" intrinsic to this work by proposing a mixed reality experience set to the music of Philip Glass.

More than a simple film, Fugue VR is a mixed reality that provides a collective experience for ten participants. We find ourselves on a sinking spaceship as the captain tries to save the crew we are part of...

This film, to be experienced through a VR helmet, also has a physical component with dancers accompanying the audience and weaving together real and virtual worlds. As a result, the spectators are no longer mere observers of this dizzying dance, they take the leap and become dancers themselves!

A moment of absolute weightlessness situated in a space between circus, dance, and poetry...

Director Michel Reilhac
Choreographer and performer Yoann Bourgeois
Dancers-mixed reality mediators Sarah Silverblatt-Buser, Bruno Maréchal
Music Philip Glass, Metamorphosis II performed by Lisa Moore
Assistant director Fouzi Louahem
Shooting, editing, VFX, 3D virtual reality calibration Fouzi Louahem
Camera assistant and post production Martin Bessin
Sound designer Côme Jalibert
Director of photography Emmanuel Théry
Head electrician Sylvain Chetail
Intern electrician Théo Reeman
Costumes Nawelle Aïnèche, Michel Reilhac
Storyboarders Xavier Guyomarc’h, Fouzi Louahem
Producer and director of creation Pierre Cattan
Executive producer Alexandrine Stehelin
Production director Fanette Martinie
Head of development and distribution Hannah Bellicha
Production coordinator Pauline Pinçon
Business development Charlotte Lestienne
Legal affairs Alice Giran
Administrative and finance director Olivia Boutineau

Production Small Bang

Co-production Maison de la Danse / Biennale de la Danse / CCN2 national choreography center in Grenoble / Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma – Le Lab
Support CNC national cinema and image center / Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / Foundation BNP Paribas


"Virtual reality offers the possibility of breaking the Fourth Wall that separates the show from the audience... Virtual reality disrupts the definition of a performance as a ritual where audience and performers are hermetically separated."

– Le Monde 

Yoann Bourgeois grew up in a small village in the Jura area of France, and the rest went by very quickly... In recent years, he and his accomplices have been using an uninterrupted creative process to implement a program that consists of defusing time and is called Tentatives d’approches d’un point de suspension [Attempts to Approach a Suspension Point ]. He has devoted his life to the performing arts.

Yoann Bourgeois is the director of the CCN2 – Grenoble National Choreographic Center


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