ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
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.
“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.” - 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