by Adrien M & Claire B

December 1st, 2017

Transcend the Boundaries of Art, Imagination, and the Real World.


Hakanaï features a live solo dancer surrounded by a landscape of moving digital images. Interacting with this magical environment, the dancer is also acted upon by the moving images. She pushes, and lines fold; she whirls, and a "curtain" of light billows up; she crouches, and dots of light "rain" down. Boundaries are blurred as the real world intersects with the virtual one.


The Japanese word "hakanai" refers to the ephemeral, fragile, and transitory. In this multi-media performance artwork, "hakanai" suggests the precarious nature of existence—not quite a dream, not quite real.


"Everything is generated and animated in real time. No recorded video. Everything is live"  - Claire B.


The imaginary landscapes of Hakanaï are created using one dancer, digital images brought to life by a digital performer, and a soundscape mix of electronic music, live music, and environmental sounds. The audience experiences the performance from three sides, seated around the cube when the dancer enters. As the digital images appear, surrounding the dancer, she is enveloped and Hakanaï becomes both a dance composition and a digital installation.







Adrien M & 

Claire B

The Adrien M & Claire B Company creates digital and living art forms, ranging from stage performance to installations. Led by juggler, artist and computer scientist Adrien Mondot and graphic designer Claire Bardainne, the Lyon based company combines the real and virtual worlds with IT tools that are developed and customized specifically for each installation and performance. Their approach puts the human experience at the centre of technological issues, with a strong visual focus on the body and unique bespoke technologies created in-house. They strive to create living digital art: mobile, handcrafted, short-lived, and responsive.


The Adrien M & Claire B Company has been acting in the fields of the digital arts and performing arts since 2004. Their work has included stage performances, installations, and exhibitions in France, Japan, the US, Switzerland, Canada, Thailand, Ireland, Argentina, Croatia, and Russia. The company Adrien M & Claire B is based in a research and creative workshop in Lyon, France.

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“Inside a cube fashioned from translucent veils, a dancer takes a visual journey into a 3D space between dreams and realityHakanaï 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.” Vice


“Adrien M / Claire B refer to Hakanai as a spectacle of dialog between the dancers and digital scenography that surrounds it. White tulle is used to project images on the facade of the cube which entices the dancers to perform accordingly and are provided a constant transformation between the movements and visual spaces. Anamorphosis and metamorphosis are the type of forms interwoven together with the dancing body and fragments of landscape and surfaces, creating a backdrop which gives life and form to the space.Arch20

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