Dance Bends Light: Connects aspirations and reality
Inside a cube fashioned from translucent veils, a dancer takes a visual journey into a 3D space between dreams and reality. Hakanaï is a digital solo performance from Adrien M / Claire B that made its debut at BAM’s Fishman Theatre on March 17, 2015
The choreographed performance installation combines video projection mapping, CGI, and sensors to dynamically respond to the movements and proximity of its performer. Its visuals and sounds are generated and animated live, offering a uniquely different performance for each and every iteration.
This is what they said about it:
Adrien Mondot (AM):
We have developed a software—since 2006—about the motion of objects, based on physics models. I am a juggler, was a juggler. I still juggle... Sometimes. I was inspired the way a ball moves in air, how when an object has mass you can apply certain forces to it. So, I developed a software called eMotion—which you can download on our website. The purpose of this project is to construct interaction between virtual objects and real data...
Claire Bardainne (CB): And to create interaction we use sensors, graphic tablets, and controllers to manipulate the images while observing the dancers. So, it’s like a puppetry, a digital puppetry.
AM: We believe that sensors cannot sense everything. Sensors lack imagination. And we think that mixing sensors and human interaction, like puppetry, is a good way to make things more lively… more, well, sensitive…
CB: Always in an un-crafted way. There is always a human touch. Seeing and moving.
CB: Everything is generated and animated in real time. No recorded video. No, everything is live.
It presents a traditional space between something physical, like juggling, and programming. No?
AM: It’s about how you have an interaction with a real object…
My feedback: This dance is the beautiful form of communication. It somehow at signifies the dreams or the aspirations of a human being and them brings back to the reality. Feels very real and I am sure requires a lot of time and patience to come up with it.