QUANTUM – dance performance in Bangalore

Watch the dance performance inspired by science, from the award winning Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin and developed during his residency at CERN, on 26 & 27 November.

Event Details


Chowdiah Memorial Hall
16th Cross,2nd Main Road, G.D. Park Extension, Malleswaram, Bangalore, Karnataka 560003 India


November 25, 2015 - November 27, 2015


It's free!

Watch the performance on 26 & 27 November from 7:00 pm onwards at Chowdiah Memorial Hall

QUANTUM in a nutshell…

QUANTUM is an innovative dance performance by Gilles Jobin, a choreographer of international acclaim, and German visual artist Julius von Bismarck. Gilles Jobin developed this choreography after his residency at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) – the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. It is based on the concept of kinetic movement in particle physics. QUANTUM takes the quark as muse, fusing choreography and installation art into an ode to subatomic randomness. It is a stunning example of the kind of mutual inspiration that can happen when artists and scientists work alongside one another. The performance in Bangalore is jointly organized by the Embassy of Switzerland, swissnex India/ Consulate General of Switzerland in Bangalore and Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council, as part of the Year of Swiss Innovation in India.

After each performance (50 min.), Gilles Jobin will give lectures about his experience at CERN and his work and researches. A discussion on physics and of current research at CERN is then organized with Indian and Swiss physicists and the audience. In Bangalore, two physicists will join him on stage: Michael Doser CERN physicist Geneva (CH) and Prof. & Chairman Centre for High Energy Physics IISc Bengaluru Dr. Balasubramanian Ananthanaryan (IN).

Entry: Free passes available at: swissnex India, Consulate General of Switzerland, # 26 Rest House Crescent Road, Near Church Street, Bangalore – 1, from 10 November 2015 onwards. Monday to Friday, 9.30 am – 5.30 pm. Please call 080 49412000 to confirm availability. Passes also available at Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Alliance Française (Anju’s Café) and Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan.  


More about Quantum, its origin and its uniqueness…
As lovely as the spectacle of the stars
Quantum is a quivering, throbbing performance that celebrates the dance of the universe through the movement of elementary particles. A magnetic show, both literally and figuratively, where six dancers constantly attract and repel each other, as if caught in a force field, which all matter is subjected to. This captivating show, based on random trajectories showcases extremely precise movements. The rumblings of the Large Hadron Collider – LHC, captured by the composer Carla Scaletti and the lumino-kinetic installation of the German artist, Julius von Bismarck, accompany the dancers and reinforce the feeling of being thrust into the very heart of life.

People behind Quantum

Gilles Jobin
Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin is known for his radical artistic vision. In addition to his choreographic work, Jobin orchestrates international exchanges, daily training for dancers, educational activities, and artistic residencies from his headquarters at Studio 44 in Geneva. Gilles Jobin, received this year’s Swiss Grand Award for Dance for his contribution to the development of contemporary dance. The award was presented by Federal Councillor Alain Berset / Minister of Culture on the 16 October 2015.

Julius von Bismarck
German artist Julius von Bismarck in his Ars Electronica Collide @ CERN residence, where he met Gilles Jobin, created the Lumino-Kinetic installation – “Versuch Unter Kreisen” (Under experimental circles), that serves as the lighting set and scenography of QUANTUM.
Four lamps hang on long cords from the ceiling and are installed in a row. They are propelled in swinging, circular motions by motors. The installation is capable of replicating complex models of mathematical interference, which have been choreographed and programmed by the artist.

Music by Carla Scaletti
Carla Scaletti is the Designer of the Kyma language and the president of Symbolic Sound Corporation. She has a doctorate in music composition and a master of computer science from the University of Illinois. In 2013 she composed the soundtrack for QUANTUM using processes of sonification of data. In this case real data from Large Hydron Collider (LHC).

Program Credits for QUANTUM

Choreography: Gilles Jobin

Lumino-kinetic installation: Julius von Bismarck

Engineer: Martin Schied

Music: Carla Scaletti

Costumes: Jean–Paul Lespagnard

Scientific advisors: Michael Doser, Nicolas Chanon (CERN physicists)

Tecnic: Marie Prédour

Executive producer: Sandbox Collective

About the Dance Company, Cie Gilles Jobin
Gilles Jobin trained at the Rosella Hightower International Dance Centre in Cannes and at the Ballet Junior of Geneva. He danced for several contemporary dance companies such as Fabienne Berger and Philippe Saire in Switzerland, and Angels Margarit in Spain. He began choreographing in 1995 and since then has made eighteen works, including commissions for major companies such as Ballet du Grand Théâtre in Geneva and the Gulbenkian Ballet. His work has been seen at major venues and festivals all over Europe and his company, established in 1995 has toured to 30 countries. Gilles Jobin has made his company and his Geneva headquarters, Studios 44, a pioneering place for the recognition of contemporary dance in Switzerland, hosting international professional exchanges, daily training for dancers, educational activities and capacity building, workshops, artistic residencies, as well as projects with countries from the Southern hemisphere.

The dance performance will also be held in New Delhi on 4th and 5th December 2015 at Kamani Auditorium.