In NightFall, world’s first ballet especially created for virtual reality, the viewer feels like part of the corps de ballet, entering a world where the boundary between dream and reality seems to vanish. The choreography is inspired by the world-famous ‘white acts’ from Romantic ballets like Swan Lake, La Bayadère and Les Sylphides. It tells the story of two lovers, trapped in a limbo-like situation and enchanted by a violinist. Trying to reach each other but separated by the violinist, the man ends up exhausted on the floor and the woman as part of the corps te ballet. The choreography takes place in an industrial yet mystical setting.
Night Fall is a co-production of the prestigious Dutch National Ballet, &samhoud media and Chester Music. The ballet was choreographed by Peter Leung, a former dancer with Dutch National Ballet, to music composed by Robin Rimbaud (Scanner). Night Fall premiered on the Uitmarkt in Amsterdam, which means the kick off of the cultural season. Both visitors and critics highly praised the piece, dubbing it “a key moment in dance history” (de Volkskrant) and “a wonder of classical art and modern technology” (NRC). In November 2016, Night Fall won the public choice awards at the Bright VR Awards.
Bright VR Awards – Public Choice
Jip Samhoud, Marijn Korver (Choreography: Peter Leung)
Anna Tsygankova, Artur Shesterikov