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Kiss & Cry Collective

Barbican Theatre

London Premiere
Wed 29 Jan - Sat 1 Feb

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80mins / no interval
Age Guidance: 14+ (contains depictions of death)
£16 - £28*
*Membership, Young Barbican, under-16, student, school, access, group and business discounts apply
£3 transaction fee applies online.
£4 transaction fee applies by phone.
Tel: 020 7638 8891

After-show discussion:
Thu 30 Jan (BSL interpreted)

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Dancing hands star in elaborate miniature sets, the action filmed live to become epic on a big screen. See an ingenious show animated before your eyes – ‘a total theatrical treat’ The Times


In this wonderfully whimsical production, the story of seven surprising deaths takes audiences into an array of scenarios that touch on the fleeting fragility of life. Watch as performers and crew conjure visuals onstage or simply succumb to the beautifully detailed kaleidoscopic vistas appearing on film. From the razzamatazz of a Fred and Ginger-style dance number to a floating figure in outer space, from a ravaged war-torn cityscape to the recreation of an iconic Boléro ballet.

Set to classic and contemporary music including Ravel, David Bowie and Janis Joplin, Cold Blood brings together intricate hand choreography, tiny props, live cinema and a witty script. Drawn from the film and dance backgrounds of husband-and-wife creative team Jaco Van Dormael and Michèle Anne De Mey – whose previous show, Kiss & Cry, thrilled audiences at LIMF in 2014 and again in 2017.

‘It is entirely original and totally entrancing’ WhatsOnStage.

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There will be a BSL interpreted performance and After-show discussion on Thu 30 Jan, interpreted by Martin Fox-Roberts.
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"the most magical show, original and creative, which takes a child's playbox of toys and transforms them into a resonant, sophisticated piece of theatre"

WhatsOnStage *****

"Nothing short of exquisite"

Arts Desk *****

"Our eyes and imaginations are beguiled … breath-taking, affecting, magical"

Herald, Scotland *****

Kiss & Cry Collective

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Creative team
Jaco Van Dormael, Michèle Anne De Mey - Creators and Directors
Thomas Gunzig - Text
Jaco Van Dormael, Julien Lambert - Cinematographers
Michèle Anne De Mey, Grégory Grosjean - Choreographers
Julien Lambert, Aurélie Leporcq - Cameras
Sylvie Olivé, François Roux, Juliette Fassin, Théodore Brisset, Brigitte Baudet, Daniella Zorrozua - Set Design
Béa Pendesini, Sarah Duvert - Costumes
Nicolas Olivier, Bruno Olivier - Lighting
Boris Cekevda - Sound

Michèle Anne De Mey
Grégory Grosjean
Gabriella Iacono
Ivan Fox
Bruno Olivier
Stefano Serra
Jaco Van Dormael
Julien Lambert
Aurélie Leporcq
Presented in association with the Barbican
Executive production by Astragales

Association production by Mars, Mons Arts de la Scène – Belgium and Théâtre de Namur – Belgium

Co-produced by Charleroi Danse – Belgium, La Fondation Mons 2015, KVS – Belgium, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Le Printemps des Comédiens – France, Torino Danza – Italy, Canadian Stage, Théâtre de Carouge-Atelier de Genève and Théâtre des Célestins – France

With the support of Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles – Service de Danse