Dance performance inspired by science, from Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin and developed during his residency at CERN.

Event Details


ODC Theater
3153 17th Street, San Francisco, California 94110 United States


October 12, 2014 - October 14, 2014


$15 at door, $10 in advance, free student ticket with valid ID. Use the code “dancestudent”.

The QUANTUM dance performance was developed by Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin and German visual artist Julius von Bismarck in the Collide@CERN residency, at the world’s largest particle physics lab.

QUANTUM takes the quark as muse, fusing choreography and installation art into an ode to subatomic randomness. Six dancers vibrate, scatter, and whirl beneath a gyrating quartet of industrial lamps, programmed to respond to the slightest movement, while Carla Scaletti’s soundscape from particle collision data provides the sonic ether.

Following each performance is a discussion on the collaboration between choreographer Gilles Jobin, artist Julius von Bismarck, and scientific advisor and CERN physicist Nicolas Chanon. The QUANTUM world tour is part of a series of events celebrating the 60th anniversary of CERN in 2014. It is co-presented in San Francisco with ODC Theater, the Consulate General of Switzerland, swissnex San Francisco, and the Goethe-Institut in San Francisco.

Program Notes

Performances start: 7:00 pm
Dance run times: 45 minutes
Post performance discussion: 45 minutes including Q&A
On October 12, a reception follows the performance in the ODC Theater lobby.


Gilles Jobin

Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin is known for his radical artistic vision and gained international recognition following his 1997 piece A+B=X, presented at Arsenic in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the 1999 work Macrocosm, which premiered at The Place in London. In 2006, he became an associated artist at Bonlieu scene nationale Annecy in France and premiered five works: Double Deux (2006), Text to Speech (2008), Black Swan (2009), Le Chainon Manquant (The Missing Link) (2010), and Spider Galaxies (2011). He has received commissions from the Ballet du Grand Theatre in Geneva and the Gulbenkian Ballet. Other works include Braindance (2000), The Moebius Strip (2001), Under Construction (2002), Steak House (2005), and Shaker Loops (2012), a trio set to John Adams’ composition of the same name and commissioned by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his choreographic work, Jobin orchestrates international exchanges, daily training for dancers, educational activities and capacity building, and artistic residencies from his headquarters at Studio 44 in Geneva, as well as projects with countries in the southern hemisphere.

Julius von Bismarck

German artist Julius von Bismarck won the top prize at Ars Electronica in 2008 for a device he called the Image Fulgurator, a hacked camera that injected stealth images into other people’s photos. While he considers himself an artist, and not a scientist or technologist, his work often features a heavy technical component and several of his projects make references to math and science. For Public Face I, he mounted a giant neon smiley face in Berlin which changed expression based on an estimate of the city’s mood, drawn from algorithms that analyzed peoples’ faces on the street. In 2012, von Bismarck took part in Collide@CERN, a two-month residency in which he worked with theoretical physicist James Wells on his lumino-kinetic installation Versuch Unter Kreisen. Von Bismarck is currently finishing his graduate work at the Institute for Spatial Experiments in Berlin.

Nicolas Chanon

Nicolas Chanon is a particle physicist working at CERN (Geneva). Since receiving his PhD in 2011 at the Institut de Physique Nucleaire de Lyon (France), he has been employed by ETH Zurich (Switzerland). He is a member of the CMS experiment, a particle physics detector at the Large Hadron Collider, and is doing experimental research on the Higgs boson particle at CERN.


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.

Program Credits

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)

Support from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermes/New Settings program, Loterie Romance, Fondation Meyrinoise du Casino, Fondation Leenaards, Fondation Ernst Gohner.

In collaboration with Collide@CERN, Theatre Forum Meyrin, CERN CMS Experiment

Cie Gilles Jobin is supported by the City of Geneva, the Canton of Geneva and Pro Helvetia the Swiss Arts Council. Gilles Jobin is an associated artist at bonlieu Scene nationale Annecy, France.


Photo: Myleen Hollero

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