On 4 November, Dutch National Ballet and &samhoud were among the prize-winners at the first edition of the Bright VR Awards: the awards for the best Dutch VR productions. Night Fall, the first Virtual Reality Ballet in the world, received the most votes from the public, thus winning the Public Choice Award, the biggest prize of the evening.

Night Fall
In Night Fall, 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. The ballet was choreographed by Peter Leung, a former dancer with Dutch National Ballet, to music composed by Robin Rimbaud (Scanner). It was directed by Jip Samhoud and Marijn Korver from &samhoud media. Night Fall is a co-production by Dutch National Ballet, &samhoud media and Chester Music.

The international press were very enthusiastic about Night Fall.
A selection from the reviews:

‘A delightful ballet show unfolds around you (...) Passion, beauty, technology and theatre, seamlessly blends together in this tantalizing tale Nightfall.’ - virtualcorrespondent.com
‘The world’s first VR ballet experience is absolutely stunning (...) It’s an exciting new take on an art form that has been around for ages, breaking into an audience that might not normally visit a ballet show.’ - thenextweb.com
‘Ballet has officially entered the 21st century. (...) The effect is goose bump-worthy.’ - pointemagazine.com
‘This Virtual Reality Ballet will blow your mind. (…)As you explore the fantastical piece, you feel completely transported.’- dancespirit.com
Credits Night Fall:
Choreography & concept: Peter Leung
Director: Jip Samhoud
Creative director: Marijn Korver
Music: Robin Rimboud - Scanner
Violinist: Pieter van Loenen
Dancers: Anna Tsygankova, Artur Shesterikov
Nancy Burer, Lisanne Kottenhagen, Emilie Tassinari, Belle Beasley, Melissa Chapski, Priscylla Gallo, Clara Superfine and Hannah Williams
You can watch Night Fall on YouTube here: Night Fall

You can watch the behind the scenes / making of video here: Making Of