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Kiss & Cry

Kiss & Cry

Kiss & Cry


a  collective creation with Grégory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivé, Nicolas Olivier

A product of the imagination of Michèle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael, this show has been in a continual state of grace for three years. It is a world that evidently has universal significance given that it is still playing to packed theatres after over two hundred dates worldwide. Its basic premise is the memory we have of people who made us and who have left us. The subject is dealt with in a revolutionary way. That is to say a film is shot and projected simultaneously in the space and time of the theatre, based on the creation in vivo of a nanoworld in which simple prehensile endings become characters dancing amid miniature landscapes. That said, nothing has been revealed.


Original idea Michèle Anne De Mey & Jaco Van Dormael
In collective creation with Grégory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivé, Nicolas Olivier
Choreography, NanoDanses Michèle Anne De Mey, Grégory Grosjean
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Texts Thomas Gunzig
Script Thomas Gunzig, Jaco Van Dormael
Lighting Nicolas Olivier
Camera Julien Lambert
Focus puller Aurélie Leporcq
Set designer Sylvie Olivé assisted by Amalgame - Elisabeth Houtart & Michel Vinck
Director's assistants Benoît Joveneau, Caroline Hacq
Sound design Dominique Warnier
Sound Boris Cekevda
Manipulations, performance Bruno Olivier, Gabriella Iacono, Pierrot Garnier
Construction, props Walter Gonzales, Amalgame - Elisabeth Houtart & Michel Vinck
Second set design Anne Masset, Vanina Bogaert, Sophie Ferro
Stage manager Nicolas Olivier
Creative technicians Gilles Brulard, Pierrot Garnier, Bruno Olivier
Music George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt, Michael Koenig Gottfried, John Cage, Carlos Paredes, Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski, Jacques Prevert Ligeti, Henryk Gorecki, George Gershwin
Narrators Jaco Van Dormael (French) / Valentijn Dhaenens (Dutch) / Ivan Fox (Spanish) / Toby Regbo (English) / Marcus Himbert (German) / Angelo Bison (Italian) / Yu Jin Tae (Korean), Dimitris Mastoros (Greek)
Communication Ivo Ghizzardi
Pictures Maarten Vanden Abeele
Production Charleroi Danses, Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles / le manège.mons, Centre Dramatique
Coproduction Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg 
With the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation

De Mey, Michèle Anne

This has been a fantastic year for her. Kiss & Cry, an original stage object summoning up object theatre, music, words and nanochoreographies for four hands and dealing with the memory of feelings of love, has won unanimous international acclaim. People have emerged from the show overwhelmed and talking about their own emotional stories. She and Jaco Van Dormael have created it with a group of artists, making it a very personal experience since feelings of love, this thread running through her work, are in a way sublimated here: the film-maker is none other than her partner. Powerful music, telling of the affair from its fickle beginnings to the final split, is another constant in her work and woven into her choreographic universe: Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony in Sinfonia Eroica, the 7th in Neige and the Lamento d’Arianna in her latest piece, a solo she is creating specially for one of her faithful performers. All in all another declaration of love.

Michèle Anne De Mey is currently working on a solo for the dancer Gabriella Iacono based on Monteverdi’s Lamento d’Arianna.

Van Dormael, Jaco


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