Le Bal de Paris
Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti
From Tuesday to Thursday €25,00
From Friday to Sunday €35,00
design, direction and libretto
musical direction and original music
visual creation direction
Virtual Reality development
company manager Romuald Vervin
technical direction Jeremie Oler
game master Nicolas Huertas Ballester, Héloise Boursier, Lola Kil
dancers Genci Hasa, Margalida Riera Roig, Melissa Cosseta, Gael Rougegrez
production Camille Denisty
assistant choreographer Rafael Linares Torres
You are invited to attend the greatest ball in Paris!
Winner of the Leone d’Oro in the “Venice VR Expanded” section at the 78ᵃ Venice International Film Festival, Le Bal de Paris is an immersive, participatory and interactive experience created by the impetuous Andalusian choreographer Blanca Li to spectacularly discover virtual reality through dance and music. Gymnast, dancer, choreographer and director, student of Martha Graham, Blanca Li has performed in hundreds of venues around the world with no less than seventeen creations. After Elektrik, Solstice, Goddesses & Demons, a duet on femininity danced together with Bol’šoj Ballet Etoile Maria Alexandrova, and Robot!, in which she combines choreography for dancers and the humanoid robot NAO, the Spanish artist embodies like few others the meeting of different artistic experiences and the ability to direct change.
“I wanted to create a show that didn’t exist yet and that I couldn’t have imagined twenty years ago: this is what excites me” says the choreographer about her latest work Le Bal de Paris. In the Sala XVII Settembre of the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti she stages a total show, an immersion in an unreal and timeless universe – at the same time retro, futuristic, classical, contemporary – created digitally.
The spectator, thanks to the use of augmented reality, optical visors and movement sensors, is invited to assist to the scenic action, but also to be the protagonist dancing and interacting with the live dancers. The virtual experience transports the audience into the vortex of a great love story, involving them in an entertaining and absolutely innovative show designed to be experienced with total body awareness.
production Blanca Li Company (Film Addict – Calentito)
coproduction BackLight Studio (Francia), Fabrique d’Images (Luxembourg), Actrio Studio (Germany), Chaillot – Théâtre National de la danse (France), Teatros del Canal (Espagne)
with the supporto and the partecipation of Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée CNC (France), HTC Vive Arts VR official partner (Taiwan), Film Fund Luxembourg, Epic MegaGrants (USA), Creative Europe Program MEDIA of the European Union, City of Paris (France), Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg (Germany), DICRéAM (France)
exclusive partner CHANEL
thanks to l’Institut Français, Rencontres de Coproduction du Film Francophone (Luxembourg), Festival NewImages (Paris, France), Festival International de Film de Genève (Suisse), Tape (France), Elamedia Estudios Amparo (Spain), VR Days (Netherlands), Cannes XR (France), Kaleidoscope (USA), Centre Phi (Canada), the whole CHANEL team
June 24 | every hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
25 June | every hour from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
26 June | every hour from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
28 June | every hour from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm
29 June | every hour from 11.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.
30 June | every hour from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm
July 1, every hour from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm
2 July | every hour from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm
3 July | every hour from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm and from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm
5 July | every hour from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm
6 July | every hour from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm
7 July | every hour from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm
8 July | every hour from 11.00 am to 8.00 pm
9 July | every hour from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm
10 July | every hour from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
duration: 35 minutes (plus 15/20 minutes to put on and take off equipment)
Recommendations and Details
Le Bal de Paris de Blanca Li is a live show in virtual reality, where the audience wears special equipment: VR headset, backpack computer and trackers on hands and feet. You will be standing and walking during the whole length of the experience (about 35 minutes). We recommend to dress comfortably. Please avoid high heels, long dresses, wide skirts, or loose clothing that may cover wrist and ankle trackers. You can wear your glasses, or contact lenses inside the VR headset. Age guidance: 14+ (strictly no under 10’s).
VR may not be suitable for people with some health conditions, including during pregnancy. Please check with your doctor if you’re unsure. Accessibility tickets for disabled spectators can be booked just through Festival Call Center +39 0743 776444 or writing an e-mail to email@example.com. The material used for the show is disinfected between each user and a totally Covid-safe sanitary protocol to avoid contamination will be in place. A responsibility disclaimer release form will be signed by each spectator before entering the show.
If you have any questions regarding access requirements, please contact the Festival team at firstname.lastname@example.org.