French animation house Passion Paris, has created an abstract animated film and interactive experience inspired byan abandoned 19th century theatre called La Gaîté Lyrique.
The once proud Parisian venue has been sitting dormant for over a decade, with it’s last attempted revamp taking the blasphemes form of a kid’s amusement park. The soon-to-be renovated facility - with the facade and historical foyer completely restored, and the building re-designed by Manuelle Gautrand - will be dedicated to digital arts and contemporary music.
According to their press release, it will be “a crucible of inspiration, of intellectual and sensorial experiences … exploring hybrid forms of visual and musical culture at the forefront of technology, both physically in the heart of Paris and virtually on the web … it will produce, host and broadcast concerts, live shows, conferences, screenings, performances, exhibitions and even interviews and workshops.”
The animated film exhibits a dark but sweet vision. Geleyn pulls from baroque theatre and Japanese Kabuki influences, reflecting on the venue’s previous life as a theatre, while creating the intended momentum of what will come next. It’s a dreamy, non-verbal teaser, with mystical creatures entering the abandoned building and instigating a geometric transformation.
— via Jawbone