Photos : Charles Lafrance and Gopesa Paquette
– The virtual reality headset and the headphones used during the experience are sterilized after each participant using a Cleanbox, an independently lab tested device that employs UVC light to eliminate coronavirus bacteria.
– All the objects and surfaces that the audience will come in contact with during the experience are disinfected after each use with quaternary ammonium.
Violette welcomes you into her apartment. She invites you – and only you – to enter the privacy of her bedroom… and then, of her imagination. Explore this real-world space as if you were at the home of a friend. Then put on your VR headset… and become the sole witness to the apartment’s untold story: both magical and tragic. Finally, take the headset off: return to real life and a real apartment. You may never look at this world – the one you share with Violette and the rest of us – quite the same way again.
JJJ continues to explore and innovate; this time by developing a novel dramatic form that incorporates the use of virtual reality (VR). VIOLETTE is a site-specific theatrical work for an audience of one, using digital art to offer a new kind of intimate experience. In this piece exploring themes of isolation and consent, each participant is given the chance to enter one woman’s unique inner world and access her unusual perspective on a reality often experienced by marginalized women.
Set Designer and Director: Catherine Bourgeois
Writer: Amélie Dumoulin
Performers: Stephanie Boghen, Tamara Brown, Stéphanie Colle and Anne Tremblay
Costume Designer: Amy Keith
Sound Designer: Éric Forget
Set Design Assistants: Noémie Avidar and Alizée Millot
Direction of Photography/VFX Superviser: Sébastien Gros
Compositor/animator: Genevieve Coulombe
Developer: Peter Wilkinson
Editor: Martin Morissette
Integration / VR Experience Consultant: UNLTD inc.
Translator: Leanna Brodie
Virtual Reality Consultant: Olivia McGilchrist
Technical Director: Sophie Bergeron
Stage Manager and Rehearsal Coach: Lorie Ganley
Production Director: Pénélope Bourque
Set building: Gauvin Fabrique
Graphic Designer: Gris Gris Design
The process : You will get to the theatre box office and notify the staff of your arrival. You will then be told where to meet Violette and, at the exact time of your performance, you will get there by using the elevator. Violette will greet you and lead you to a booth where the virtual reality experience will take place. She will talk to you and help you put on the virtual reality headset (which will have been disinfected beforehand). The virtual reality video lasts 17 minutes. At the end, you will remove the headset and will find yourself alone in the booth. You will then leave the booth and the theater by following the indicated path.
Trigger warning/Disclaimer: This work addresses the subject of sexual violence and other abuses that women with disabilities may experience, but there are no graphic scenes of those acts in the video.
Accessibility: VIOLETTE‘s performances are accessible to persons with reduced mobility and wheelchair users. The staff on site will guide you to the adapted washrooms, if needed.
The experience is not available in Langue des signes québécoise (LSQ), nor in American Sign Language (ASL) or through audio-description. You can contact us if you wish to receive the text before the performance or if you have any other questions: email@example.com or 514-279-9821.