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Five Minutes with... Gilles Jobin

Gilles Jobin: photo Gregory Batardon

How did you get involved with dance?

I wanted to be an actor and thought it was a good idea to take dance classes. Later, back at acting classes I realized how comfortable I was with movement and uncomfortable with words. I must admit that I was a teenager at the time and the large majority of girls in the dance classes was also a great motivation...

How would you describe your work QUANTUM?

It is a very abstract piece. Based on ideas around particle physics, it has this strange mix of abstraction and human bodies. The human bodies are very concrete and therefore there is this tension between abstraction and the fact that the audience can relate to the suggestiveness of the relationship between the bodies

Have you always been interested in science?

I was an arty kid that did not have any interest in science. I was raised in an artistic family - my father was a geometrical painter - I thought science was not for me. Art, literature, "soft" science, theatre, that was my thing. It was only at the age of 48, in one of the greatest laboratories there is, that I started to see that I could become "science able". I realized that particle physics was not only about math, but also had great philosophical questions: that I could get the general sense of what was going down there and follow with passion the discovery. Science is like contemporary art, you need to find the door, but when you get in you can take everything on and make up your own mind about it without being a specialist or a geek.

If you didn’t have a career in dance, what might you be doing?

Ski instructor!

What might people be surprised to know about you?

My brother says that if there was to be a world ski championship of choreographers, I might get a medal...

What is your proudest moment to date?

Putting all my company in a plane and flying overseas... After more than 15 years, I still feel amazed to be invited to present my work in so many different theatres around the world. (Video: QUANTUM world tour.)

What is your next project?

I am working on a 3D dance movie and an exhibition with 3D prints and photos. It will evolve into a stage piece with all those elements.


Gilles Jobin is the Artistic Director of Geneva’s Compagnie Gilles Jobin and his work QUANTUM is presented as part of The Dance Centre’s Global Dance Connections series October 16-18, 2014.

QUANTUM video trailer

Photo by Gregory Batardon


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