Kabaret premiered at IFFR, the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2023


Kabaret is an interactive VR experience about synchronized coral spawning, and a singing shrimp’s worries about the future. It’s a playful and explorative journey from the edge of our galaxy to the depths of our oceans. We strum out a chime on glowing phytoplankton, swim through a portal of seafood aspic – the titular “Kabaret”, a dish once popular in Norway – and are carried by the moon to a coral reef in mating season. But all is not well here. Can we help save the coral’s yearly spawning? Kabaret is part musical, part documentary and invites us to indulge our curiosity of the natural world, and reflect on our relationship to it.



Director, writer and designer: Gina Thorstensen

VR experience design, programmer and audio director: Milan Grajetzki

Programming, shading and 3D animation: Morten Andersen

Sound design and recording: Therese Næss Diesen

Music: Miracle Musical


Produced by:

Loddenland Studio


With support from:

Norsk filminstitutt

Kulturrådet – Fond for lyd og bilde

Viken Filmsenter


Den norske filmskolen

Download PRESS KIT here.


Link to article about the project in NRK, Norwegian news channel:


Where to experience Kabaret:

January 2023: International Film Festival Rotterdam

May 2023: Gabes Cinema Fen, Tunisia

May 2023: Qld XR Festival. Brisbane, Australia

August 2023: Den norske filmfestivalen. Haugesund, Norway

September 2023: Ottawa International Animation Festival. Canada

September 2023: FIVARS – Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories. Toronto, Canada

September 2023: Nagoya Cinema Week. Japan

October 2023: Kaohsiung Film Festival. Taiwan

October 2023: Fredrikstad Animation Festival. Norway