French performance artists Adrien Mondot and Claire Bardainne are combining dance and technology to mesmerize audiences with their latest piece, "Pixel." The production features 11 dancers and a variety of innovative digital projection mapping techniques that light up the stage in brilliant, unexpected ways. The duo collaborated with musician Armand Amar and esteemed hip-hop choreographer Mourad Merzouki to produce the hour-long show, which debuted in Créteil, France in November.
Check out some of the production's most stunning moments and enjoy a unique combination of dance and technology:
Combining Dance and Technology
For years, Mondot and Bardainne, the digital designers at the helm of the Adrien M / Claire B company, have been "combining real and virtual worlds with IT tools that were developed and customised specifically for them."
According to their biography, 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." As you can see from the clip above, the results are awe-inspiring and truly unlike anything else. Pixel expertly epitomizes the "A" in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), demonstrating the power of art combined with more traditional technical subjects.
Choreographer Merzouki would agree, citing that the initial meeting with Mondot and Bardainne left him with the sensation that he "no longer knew how to distinguish reality from the virtual world," and that he immediately "had the desire to exploit these new technologies with and for dance.”
So, what exactly are the technologies at work within Pixel?
Essentially, Mondot and Bardainne engineered and programmed an extremely detailed light show that projects a computerized grid covering the stage floor and backdrop. The effect is that the dancers appear to be completely immersed in a digital world--making the contrast between their human movements and the digitized environment uniquely captivating.