(c) Paul Plews

What happens when the desires hidden in the dark corners of your mind are suddenly brought to light? What if they have been the driving force of your choices all this while? Inspired by the work of Sigmund Freud, Whist invites the audience on a journey into the unconscious mind, where your instincts will guide you through a narrative of surreal dreams and fears. AΦE, a Ashford-based dance company, specialized in bringing the art of dance closer to its audiences, presents their first major work: being a fully immersive, virtual reality experience, Whist merges Physical Theatre and Mixed Reality Technology, in an environment that blurs the boundaries between consciousness and unconsciousness, reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual. Through art and sound installation coupled with cinematic and interactive 360° film, you will be immersed in a world of unfolding dreams. Who knows where your subconscious will lead you?

„Whist” contains sexual references and nudity. Recommended age: 16+

Interaktive Installation
Duration: 45 min.
Künstlerische Leitung / Artistic Directors: Esteban Fourmi,
Aoi Nakamura (A E)
Performance: Robert Hayden, Tomislav English, Yen-Ching Lin, Nina Brown, Steve Rimmer
Technology Partner: Happy Finish
Set Designer: James Shaw
Composition: Jozef Van Wissem, Scott Gibbons
3D Sound Designer: Oliver Kadel (1.618Digital)
Dramaturgy: Amanda Fromell
Psychoanalyst: Emilia Raczkowska (Freud Museum London)
Creative Mentor: Jasmin Vardimon
Production: JiaXuan Hon (Blackwinged Creatives)

Co-Produced by the Gulbenkian University of Kent, Tanzhaus NRW, supported by the Arts Council England, South East Dance. A Special thanks to the Ashford Borough Council, Watermans Arts Centre, V&A, CPH:DOX, the Ashford Youth Theatre, Jasmin Vardimon Company, Kent Wool Growers, Freud Museum in London, Liz Moran, Daniel Cheetham, Scott White, Tanya Laird, Mark Atkin, Sanjoy Roy, Creative Collective, Liat Lerner and Elizabeth Cowie.