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Acqua Alta – photo: Romain Etienne © Adrien M & Claire BAcqua Alta – photo: Romain Etienne © Adrien M & Claire B
Laterna magika

Acqua Alta (FR)

Adrien M & Claire B


The New Stage
Laterna fest

Basic information


The New Stage

Approximate running time

55 minutes, no intermission

Further information

Recomended age 8+

Introduction and programme

Mobile, organic, ephemeral, random, sensory: searching for a live digital world.


Acqua Alta is the name of the project with three parts: a show, a book and a VR experience.

The Adrien M & Claire B Company is acting in the fields of the digital arts and performing arts. The projects are directed by Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot. They create many forms of art, from stage performances to exhibitions combining real and virtual worlds with IT tools that were developed and customized specifically for them. They place the human body at the heart of techno- logical and artistic challenges and adapt today’s techno- logical tools to create a timeless poetry through a visual language based on playing and enjoyment, which breeds imagination.

Acqua Alta – Ink black is a story. A woman, a man, a house. A daily routine, absurd and filled with discrepancies. But one wet rainy day, their life is turned upside down: the rising waters drown their home in an ink-coloured sea. The woman slips and disappears. Only her hair remains, and it is alive. It tells the tale of a disaster, unique and universal. It tells of losing and searching. It tells of the fear of the bizarre and otherness, and how to tame it.

An accompanying part of the performance is Acqua Alta – Crossing the mirror: a book whose drawings and paper volumes become the décor of the story, only visible in augmented reality and immersive VR installation Tête-à-tête. The installation is presented on the ground floor of the New Scene, at the Gallery magika, which shows the accompanying visual works. 

The company Adrien M & Claire B places its work in the field of digital arts since 2004.  Today, the company counts around 30 collaborators. Its headquarter and production offices are based in Lyon (Rhône, France) and a research and creation venue in Crest (Drôme, France). 

Cast / Performers

Dimitri Hatton, Satchie Noro


Concept and artistic direction:
Claire Bardainne, Adrien Mondot

Drawings and animation: 
Claire Bardainne

Computer design:  
Adrien Mondot

Dimitri Hatton et Satchie Noro

Original music: 
Olivier Mellano

Additional music: 
Jean-Sébastien Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jon Brion

Computer development:
Rémi Engel

Paper engineering: 
Eric Singelin

Script doctor:
Marietta Ren

Digital interpretation and lighting: 
Benoît Fenayon

Sound design:
Clément Aubry

Jérémy Chartier, Yan Godat, Arnaud Gonzalez, Claire Gringore, Yannick Moréteau

Technical management:
Romain Sicard

Technical direction: 
Alexis Bergeron

Marek Vuiton, assisted by Mathis Guyetand

Technical direction: 
Raphaël Guénot

Production and booking:
Joanna Rieussec

Margaux Fritsch, Juli Allard-Schaefer, Delphine Teypaz

Johanna Guerreiro

Photos © Romain Etienne/item and © Adrien M & Claire B

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Practical information

Where to buy tickets

The National Theatre sells tickets up to 6 months in advance. We are currently selling tickets for performances of Drama, Ballet, Opera and Laterna magika taking place in May-October 2024.

When purchasing online, you can get an e-ticket. You can pick up printed tickets in person at the box offices of the National Theatre.

What to wear?

By their appearance, attire and behaviour, the audience is obliged to adhere to the accustomed practice expected from them when attending a theatre performance.

Parking at the National Theater

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Buffets on the New Stage

Use Café Nona for refreshments on the New Stage.