LAURENT-PERRIER CHAMPAGNES GO ALL IN ON THE BUBBLY.
moonGARDEN took on the endearing nickname of “BÜL in Brussels” for this event held in the Belgian capital’s Place Poëlaert from December 13, 2011 to January 7, 2012.
In this presentation, bubbles changed colours as part of a choreography of light and sound. The effervescent show involved a dance with lights revealing shadow theatre elements through special spheres, stage play evoking distinctive features of the district, the city of Brussels, its elegance, Laurent-Perrier champagnes, childhood dreams, etc. The result was a dreamlike universe replete with tales and storytelling. Travel and reverie defined the ground-breaking BÜL concept.
THREE QUESTIONS FOR LUCION ARTIST AND CEO, BERNARD DUGUAY
Why light bubbles? What advantages does this medium offer?
My experience with Polar Spheres in Montreal in 2011 showed me that facing gigantic spheres, the scale of reality can momentarily fade away and people are transported into a beautiful mega-universe. Their childlike nature emerges and they become ready to experience something bigger than themselves. The dreamscape created through this urban theatre encouraged me to take on more environments that are visible from all vantage points and thereby unite all participants.
How do you work?
I stay connected to the physics of light. My approach is similar to piloting a glider, that is, I let the wind carry me where it will. I’m always amazed by the possibilities that a single lamp can offer, or just one whole in a black box. These age-old techniques make us want to work with the basic elements. The technique of shadow theatre combines mechanics, a variety of materials, small motors and resulting universes that create intrigue. I often fall for the initial idea but then the members of our team always end up taking it much farther than I could have ever imagined. It’s very cinematic.
How original is the project?
“BÜL in Brussels” took inspiration from in host city, along with the universe of Laurent-Perrier, whose authentic tradition and savoir-faire harmonize perfectly with the identity of the city’s Louise district. This quirky project pays artistic homage to the universe of the project’s sponsors and featured a dreamlike, inspiring universe. Visitors were invited to wander this imaginary world and invent their own stories.
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