Welcome to the Savoy

Immersive VR theatre with performance capture

KEY CREATORS Landia Egal, Amaury La Burthe, Sharon Davis

“The first place in the world that black and white walked through the door together was the Savoy. They were joined by a simple thing called Swing.”

– Norma Miller, the “Queen of Swing” (1919-2019)

The Savoy Ballroom was a legendary dance hall on Lenox Avenue between 140th and 141st Streets in Harlem, New York. It was known as “The World’s Finest Ballroom” and “Home of Happy Feet”. From 1926 to 1958, its twin bandstands showcased the world’s finest jazz musicians. The dances born on its mahogany dancefloor would sweep the world and live on to this day. The Savoy was the heart and soul of Harlem.

Welcome to The Savoy is a project to reopen the doors of the now lost Savoy Ballroom, in an immersive experience at the crossroads of immersive theatre and virtual reality. We want to transport people to the Savoy, Harlem’s most captivating nightspot and New York’s first non-segregated ballroom, to experience the thrills of swinging big bands, breathtaking dancers and jazz age glamour.

Blending reality and virtuality, spectators will move freely throughout a both virtual and tangible interactive world made of real infrastructures, decors, live-action actors and a photorealistic 3D reconstruction of the Savoy filled with a crowd of animated dancers, musiciens and staff members.

We are now undertaking meticulous historical research to model The Savoy Ballroom, to give new generations the opportunity to experience this magical and important place.