One Yellow Rabbit and Inside Out Theatre
February 4 – February 6, 2022 – Various Times
Inside Out Studio, Eau Claire Market
200 Barclay Parade SW Unit A02, Calgary, AB T2P 4R5
Part of the 36th annual High Performance Rodeo, Calgary’s International Festival of the Arts
Step into a Virtual Reality experience and be transported into the imaginative world of Violette. In this audacious combination of live theatre and Virtual Reality, viewers are invited one by one to enter a woman’s apartment; don a headset; and embark on a dark, magical journey.
Violette has a story to tell. This site-specific work brings viewers one by one into her private realm; it’s an experience that mixes live theatre and Virtual Reality, making use of both physical immediacy and digital world-building. The journey begins with a welcome from Violette; you are invited into her apartment and encouraged to peruse it freely. Then comes the dive into VR: donning a headset, you enter a 360° recreation of the dwelling, where a dark, fantastical tale will unfold…
In its rich sensory envelopment, VIOLETTE has the power to transport; as a moral statement, it has the power to transform. The work may tell the story of one woman on the margins of society, but it echoes far and wide in its implications, and the VR setting serves to create a powerful empathy. This digitally conjured world is realistic enough to convince, magical enough to enchant, and dark enough to serve as a shadowy likeness of our own shared reality. You may never look at this world – the one you share with Violette and the rest of us – quite the same way again.
Performances available in English and French. Limited tickets available.