Acqua Alta


A journey in the imagery of water, with a stage performance, a pop-up book in augmented reality and an experience in virtual reality.

Acqua Alta is a story. A woman, a man, a house. A daily routine, absurd and filled with discrepancies. But one wet rainy day, their life is turned upside down : the rising waters drown their home in an ink-colored sea. The woman slips and disappears. Only her hair remains, and it is alive. It tells the tale of a disaster, unique and universal. It tells of losing and searching. It tells of the fear of the bizarre and otherness, and how to tame it.

We created three variations on the same story, using three different formats: Acqua Alta – Ink black : a visual theatre performance that blends movement and living digital images ; Acqua Alta – Crossing the mirror : a book whose drawings and paper volumes become the décor of the story, only visible in augmented reality; Acqua Alta – Tête-à-tête : an immersive experience in a virtual reality headset to live one scene of the performance in immediate proximity.

The suggested parcours is made up of the three experiences above, they resonate with one another.

Find the music of this project, composed by Olivier Mellano here


Creative team 

and artistic direction 

Claire Bardainne
and Adrien Mondot

Drawings and paper design 
Claire Bardainne

Computer design  
Adrien Mondot

Choreography and performance 
Dimitri Hatton et Satchie Noro

Original music 
Olivier Mellano

Additional music 
Jean-Sébastien Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven et Jon Brion

Computer development 
Rémi Engel

Paper engineering 
Eric Singelin

Script doctor 
Marietta Ren

Digital interpretation  
Benoît Fenayon, Yan Godat, Adrien Mondot alternating

Light engineering 
Benoît Fenayon, Yan Godat alternating

Sound engineering 
Clément Aubry, Tanguy Lafond, Romain Sicard alternating

Exhibition set up 
Grégory Pirus, Nicolas Poisson

Jérémy Chartier, Yan Godat, Arnaud Gonzalez, Claire Gringore, Yannick Moréteau

Tecnical management 
Romain Sicard

Technical direction 
Raphaël Guénot

Marek Vuiton, assisted by Mathis Guyetand

Production and booking 
Joanna Rieussec

Delphine Teypaz, Margaux Fritsch, Juli Allard-Schaefer

Adrien M & Claire B

LUX, scène nationale de Valence. La compagnie est associée à LUX en 2018-2019
Hexagone Scène Nationale Arts Sciences - Meylan
Maison de la Danse, Lyon / Pôle européen de création – DRAC Auvergne Rhône-Alpes / Ministère de la Culture
Chaillot - Théâtre National de la Danse
Espace Jéliote, scène conventionnée arts de la marionnette, Communauté de Communes du Haut-Béarn, Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Théâtre Paul Éluard, Scène Conventionnée Bezons
Theater Freiburg

Exceptional support, Adami
Accueil studio, Les Subsistances, Lyon 2018/19

© Adrien M & Claire B
© Romain Etienne - item

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