Acqua Alta (FR)
The New StageApproximate running time
55 minutes, no intermission
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:
Dimitri Hatton et Satchie Noro
Jean-Sébastien Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jon Brion
Digital interpretation and lighting:
Jérémy Chartier, Yan Godat, Arnaud Gonzalez, Claire Gringore, Yannick Moréteau
Marek Vuiton, assisted by Mathis Guyetand
Production and booking:
Margaux Fritsch, Juli Allard-Schaefer, Delphine Teypaz
Photos © Romain Etienne/item and © Adrien M & Claire B
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