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New Baltic Dance'17: Compagnie Adrien M & Claire B

13th and 16th of May

Compagnie Adrien M & Claire B (France)
Dance performance and digital arts

Conception, artistic direction, scenography and stage setting: Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot Computer design: Adrien Mondot
Dance: Akiko Kajihara, Virginie Barjonet, Satchie Noro, Francesca Ziviani altering
Digital interpretation: Jérémy Chartier, Loïs Drouglazet, Rodolphe Martin altering
Sound design: Christophe Sartori, Loïs Drouglazet
Sound interpretation: Clément Aubry, Jérémy Chartier, Loïs Drouglazet, Christophe Sartori, Pierre Xucla altering
Set design and construction: Martin Gautron, Vincent Perreux
Digital toolset: Loïs Drouglazet
Light design: Jérémy Chartier Outside
Viewer: Charlotte Farcet
Costume: Johanna Elalouf

Premiere: 2013
Duration: 40 min

Hakanaï is a solo choreographic performance that unfolds through a series of images in motion. In Japanese Hakanaï denotes that which is temporary and fragile, evanescent and transient, and in this case something set between dreams and reality. While widely associated with nature, the term is now often used to elicit an intangible aspect of the human condition and its precariousness. It encompasses two elements: the one concerning the human being as well as that related to dreams. This symbolic relationship is the foundation of the dance composition in which a dancer gives life to a space somewhere between the borders of imagination and reality, through her interactions with the images she encounters. The images are on-stage animations that move in physical patterns according to the rhythm of the live sounds that they follow. The performance's outcome is a revelation of the digital installation to its audience.

The Adrien M & Claire B Company has been acting in the fields of the digital arts and performing arts since 2004. The projects have been carried out by Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot since 2011 when they re-founded the company. The duo creates many forms of art, from stage performances to exhibitions combining real and virtual worlds with IT tools that were developed and customised specifically for them. They place the human body at the heart of technological and artistic challenges and adapt today’s technological tools to create a timeless poetry through a visual language based on playing and enjoyment, which breeds imagination.

Adrien Mondot is a multi-disciplinary artist, computer scientist, IT specialist and juggler who investigates and explores movement. He founded his own company to mix digital arts with music, juggling and movement while addressing the links between technological innovation and artistic creation. Winner of the young circus talents competition in 2004 with Convergence 1.0, he then created Cinématique and won the Grand Prix of the international competition „Dance and new technologies”, organised by the festival Bains numériques at Enghien in June 2009. In 2010, he met Claire Bardainne, a visual artist, graphic designer and scenographer, who holds degrees from the Ecole Estienne and the Arts Déco in Paris. Her research focuses on the link between graphic signs, images and space, exploring back-and-forth shifts between the imaginary and the real worlds. She founded Studio BW and collaborated with researchers in the labs of sociology of the imaginary (Ceaq Laboratory at Sorbonne, Paris). They joined forces in 2011 and restructured the company together, naming it Adrien M & Claire B.


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