Charleroi Danses

Kiss & Cry
London International Mime Festival

1 - 4 February 2017 / 19:45

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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).

1 hour 20 mins/no interval

Age guidance 8+

Performed in English

03 Feb
BSL interpreted performance
Signed by Jacqui Beckford

03 Feb
Post-show talk

Free to same-day ticket holders
Signed by Peter Abraham


Presented by the Barbican in association with London International Mime Festival

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

Co-produced by Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

Image ©Marteen Vanden Abeele


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