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Charleroi Danses

Nola Rae
1 - 4 Feb

Barbican Theatre

Wed 1 - Sat 4 Feb
BSL interpreted performance
Fri 3 Feb with Jacqui Beckford

Returning for the
LIMF 40th Anniversary

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Tel: 0845 120 7511
1 hr 20mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 8+
£16 - £28
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After-show discussion:
Fri 3 Feb

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You’ll be transported by this potent story of love and loss that stars a dexterous duo of dancing hands in ravishing miniature landscapes, their sensual ballet filmed live and screened for cinematic perspective.

As an ensemble of performers, camera crew and prop manipulators gathers around small-scale sets, a journey through one woman’s memories begins. Enhanced by mesmerising visual effects made in front of you, Giselle’s dreamlike recollections of past romances unfold, the central characters portrayed surprisingly by nimble fingers and hands. This masterful image-rich show, which is shot and projected simultaneously on a big screen, comes from Belgian filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael and choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey. The husband and wife team draws on contemporary dance, cinematography, puppetry, stagecraft and poetic storytelling to produce a theatrical gem that returns to the Barbican, having enchanted audiences across the globe with its ‘charm, originality and poignancy’ (Evening Standard).

Performed in English

Donald Hutera talks to Michèle Anne De Mey and Gregory Grosjean about Kiss & Cry >

Read the ★★★★ LIMF2014 Evening Standard review of Kiss & Cry >
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"Breathtaking … a world of illusion and imagination"

Time Out

"One of the most touching and emotional experiences you’ll have in a theatre"


"Never less than fascinating"



Charleroi Danses


Creative Team:
Conceived by Michèle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael
In collaboration with Grégory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig,
Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivé and Nicolas Olivier
Choreography by Michèle Anne De Mey and Grégory Grosjean
Directed by Jaco Van Dormael
Script by Thomas Gunzig and Jaco Van Dormael
Lighting by Nicolas Olivier assisted by Bruno Olivier
Camera by Julien Lambert
Set design by Sylvie Olivé and Amalgame
Sound by Dominique Warnier and Boris Cekevda
Performed by Michèle Anne De Mey, Grégory Grosjean and Gabriella Iacono
Presented in partnership with the Barbican

Astragale asbl with the support of Charleroi Danses,
Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles / le manège.mons, Centre Dramatique

Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

This visit to London is supported by
Wallonie-Bruxelles International &
The Agency Wallonie-Bruxelles Theatre/Danse