The new baby of Louis Morissette and his box of KB, The Space Yoop, has just made its first steps. The Journal went behind the scenes of this new technology of virtual performance that may well wander abroad.
In the salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts, all the health measures have been put in place. Masks mandatory, arrows on the floor for directions, distancing : it takes seriously the requirements of the public health.
On stage, we note the huge screens that are divided into mosaics. On each of the two screens, you can see 32 faces, which represent the users.
Here, forget Zoom : Space Yoop further pushes the adventure of the virtual performance. “There are 18 cameras and web 6 cameras tv on the stage, says Alain Chicoine, co-owner of KOTV and director of the Space Yoop. This is the first time that there is a marriage between the cameras tv and web technology.
“Everything we do is new. It is really without a net, ” he continued. It is scary, but at the same time, one has the privilege of being the first to live this experience and to do it. “
At his side, Louis Morissette is very excited by this new challenge. “I’ve tried the platform on two evenings with the public and I’m out of there well encouraged. I told myself that it could be and I think that we is capable of doing real galas of humor with it. “
The producer is quick to add that he does not claim to replace the live performance with this new platform. “There is nothing that will beat the show live. Myself, I look forward to returning to do the live. But in the meantime, can you save our lives ? “
Developed in collaboration with enovLAB, the technology of the Space Yoop has already attracted interest abroad, said Louis Morissette. “We did a media event on June 29, and there are people California and Great Britain who want to attend. That, I believe. There is a true model. It is no longer a show for 1000 people… For example, if the Rolling Stones decide that they are doing it because they have bad knees and they don’t want to travel anymore, it’s, I believe. “
At the time of our passage, Louis Morissette acknowledged to be still in the unknown relative to the reception of the public to its platform. “How many people will buy tickets ? I don’t know. How far people are willing to pay for ? I don’t know either. We are going to do tests, we’re going to live. We will listen to what people have to say. “
After a show-conference with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and the launch of the album, Alicia Moffet, The Space Yoop will present the benefit show We for you, hosted by Rachid Badouri. The profits of the evening will be donated to the food Banks of Quebec.
“I’m happy we made it to the Place of the Arts, because at the beginning, when we talked about the Space Yoop, it would be in a studio tv, said Rachid Badouri. There, we found ourselves on stage to perform. That brings a more. “
Pandemic requires, the comedian was naturally turned to performance to virtual in the last few weeks. “I’ve built a show plus 30 minutes for the businesses, says he, which gave about 70 performances of her new tour, the flowers of The carpet before everything stops.
♦ The benefit show We to you will be presented on 2 July, 20 h, to the Space Yoop. It will be hosted by Rachid Badouri and will feature Laurent Paquin, 2Frères, Loud, Roxane Bruneau and Mehdi Bousaidan. yoop.app.