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Crossing of the mirror

Image : Adrien M & Claire B, Acqua Alta - the crossing of the mirror  2019 - Livre pop-up augmenté

ACQUA ALTA - the crossing of the mirror - ADRIEN M & CLAIRE B

A partner event of ISEA2023, 28ème Symposium International de la Création Numérique.

Pop-up book and augmented reality dance

Looking at them through a tablet, the ten double-pages of the book Acqua Alta - The crossing of the mirror become small theatres, where a dance form unfolds thanks to the custom-developed application. Folded white papers and ink drawings meet in a graphic drawing and the simplicity of black and white, the artificial life of miniature beings dancing in a world imbued with the imagination of water. An experience at the intersection of theatre, dance, comics, animated films and video games.

Designed, produced and edited by Adrien M & Claire B, the Acqua Alta project tells a story. A woman, a man, a house. An absurd and divisive daily life. But on a rainy day, life capsized: the rising waters engulfed the house in a sea of ink. The woman slides and disappears. From her there is only hair. Alive. It is the story of a catastrophe, special and universal. It is the story of loss and quest. It is the story of fear of the strange and otherness, and its taming.


Design and artistic direction : Claire Bardainne et Adrien Mondot
Drawing and paper design : Claire Bardainne
Computer design : Adrien Mondot
Sound creation : Olivier Mellano
Choreographic interpretation : Dimitri Hatton et Satchie Noro
IT development : Rémi Engel
Paper engineering : Éric Singelin
Script doctor : Marietta Ren
Administration : Marek Vuiton, assisté de Mathis Guyetand
Technical direction : Raphaël Guénot
Production et diffusion : Joanna Rieussec
Production : Juli Allard-Schaefer, Margaux Fritsch et Delphine Teypaz
Médiation and production : Johanna Guerreiro

Adrien M & Claire B

This book was produced by Adrien M & Claire B compagny, coproducted par LUX, national stage of Valence in France, and received support from the fund [SCAN] Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
It was also the subject of a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.

Il a reçu le prix d'Excellence dans la catégorie Art du Japan Media Arts Festival, le prix du 2020 CITIC Press lightening selection dans la catégorie expérience interactive et le prix spécial du jury AR au NewImages Festival 2021.

Édité par
Adrien M & Claire B - 54 quai Saint-Vincent - 69001 Lyon - France Dépôt légal Mars 2022 - ISBN 978-2-9570029-2-4
Manufactured and completed printing in March 2022 by Printing house Druka, Lituanie

Adrien M & Claire B compagny is contracted by la DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, by la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and supported by the city of Lyon.

Photos © Adrien M & Claire B et © Romain Etienne - item




ISEA 2023

DU 16.05 AU 21.05.2023

9h > 12h


Centre for Research in Animated Dance

L'Academie - 66, bvd Lancastel

97400 Saint-Denis de La Réunion

+ d'infos / réservation


Ancre 1
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