Pixel, an augmented reality performance created by French performance art collective Adrien M / Claire B Company, is an incredible visual display that combines talented dancers with an unforgettable light show. Developed in cooperation with hip-hop choreographer Cie Kafig, the 70-minute performance debuted in November 2014 at Maison des Arts Creteil.
The show is a truly innovative melding of the physical and the virtual. As seen in the three-minute highlights video above, the dancers interact with the light projected onto the stage. They embrace it, avoid it, move with it, and walk on the projected shapes as though they were solid ground.
The performance is a marriage of physical and technical expertise. Because the projected light forms are pre-set, the dancers’ movements have to be precise to sync their movements to the projections. The creators describe the seriously impressive show as “a work on illusion combining energy and poetry, fiction and technical achievement, hip hop and circus.”