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Acqua Alta – Crossing the mirror is a pop-up book whose drawings and paper volumes are the décor of a story, only visible in augmented reality.

Looking through a tablet or a smartphone, the ten double-pages of the book become the stage for a short dance performance – thanks to a custom-made augmented reality application.

In a simple graphic stroke in black and white, ink drawings and white folded paper come together to reveal the virtual life of miniature beings ensconced in an imaginary world. Ten unique sound bites accompany readers throughout the book.

This experience is at the crossroads of theatre, dance, comic book, animated film and “artsy” video game.