Plasticiens Volants performs "Big Bang" for a crowd in Rochester, N.Y. as part of the Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival. Plasticiens Volants is a French performance group that uses lights, music, and giant flying balloons to dazzle audiences around the world.
Etieve Marc and Hemery Jean-Philippe inflate the balloons used during the showing of "Big Bang." Smaller balloons filled with helium keep the giant inflatables aloft, and small, continuous fans are used to fill the remaining area with air.
Gilles "Lubrick" Econard of Plasticiens Volants rests before the showing of "Big Bang."
Jean-Marc Noirot-Cosson talks with onlookers before he goes on to perform with Plasticiens Volants in Rochester, N.Y. The show would be only the second time Plasticiens Volants would perform in the United States.
Gilles “Lubrick” Econard of Plasticiens Volants reads as he waits to perform. Plasticiens Volants has performed across the globe, including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio.
Hemery Jean-Philippe and Patrice Carpenter make a last check of the props used during the showing of "Big Bang." Along with the giant inflatables, Plasticiens Volants utilizes projections, shadow puppets, and colored lights.
Jémémie Guiot, left, and Nicolas Llop of Plasticiens Volants gel their hair in preparation for their performance. All of the Plasticiens Volants crew helps to set up and break down each balloon-inspired show, and most act in the actual performance as well.
A scene from the beginning video of "Big Bang" displayed in front of the crowd.
Plasticiens Volants brings their inflatables into the crowd as part of the performance. Participants are encouraged to touch and interact with the balloons.
A view of "Big Bang" from above.
Two balloons float above participants. Up to four performers hold each balloons by rope while walking through the crowd.
Marc Bureau of Plasticiens Volants looks on as he picks up road flares used to create smoke during the interactive balloon performance.
Etieve Marc pops the helium balloons inside the inflatables after the last performance in Rochester.
The balloons are rolled and packed into bags after they have all been deflated. All of the equipment that goes into a Plasticiens Volants show packs into one semi-truck.