Oct 10 - 12, 2013

A poetic piece that blurs the boundaries between artistic disciplines, Kiss & Cry brings together a diverse group of Belgian artists to create this sweeping, romantic work. A woman near the end of her life reminisces and recounts her greatest loves, starting with her first and truest: a boy whose hand she touched for a few seconds on a crowded train when she was 12 years old. Hands visually portray these main characters with a beautifully engaging sensual presence, moving around a set of miniatures with absolute precision. In this blend of film, dance, text and theatre, the audience witnesses a film screened and simultaneously made in front of their eyes. A unique event told with tender and poignant eloquence, Kiss & Cry is an unforgettable experience.

“Miniature sets become tiny universes that host both potent and delicate scenes full of true poetry.” — Núvol



Belgian choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey is an Associate Artist at Charleroi Danses, the Choreographic Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation. Her early work took contemporary dance in a new direction, and her career spans over 30 years in stage and film. Her seminal piece Sinfonia Eroica has been performed more than 100 times around the world. Her partner, Belgian filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael has written and directed short films, documentaries and feature films, including Toto the Hero (1991 Camera d'Or at Cannes), The Eighth Day with Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne (double Best Actor award at Cannes, 1996) and Mr. Nobody (2009, Venice Film Festival prize) starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley and Diane Kruger. He also directs theatre and opera.


Performed Alternatively by:  
Directors Jaco Van Dormael, Harry Cleven, Renaud Alcalde
Dancers Michèle Anne De Mey, Frauke Marlën, Grégory Grosjean & Denis Robert
Narrators Jaco Van Dormael, Valentijn Dhaenens, Yvan Fox Hernandez, Toby Regbo, Marcus Himbert, Angelo Bison


Original Idea by Michèle Anne De May & Jaco Van Dormael
A Collective Creation with Grègory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivé, Nicolas Olivier
Choreographers Michèle Anne De Mey & Gregory Grosjean
Director Jaco Van Dormael
Sound Designer Dominique Warnier
Stage Manager Nicolas Olivier
Music by George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt, Michael Koenig Gottfried, John Cage, Carlos Paredes, Tchaikovsky, Jacque Prévert, Ligeti, Henryk Gorecky, George Gershwin


  • Location: Emerson/Cutler Majestic Theatre
  • GBased on: an original idea by Michèle Anne De Mey & Jaco Van Dormael
  • In collective creation with: Grégory Grosjean, Thoman Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivé, Nicolas Olivier
  • Directed by: Jaco Van Dormael
  • Performed & Choreographed by: Michèle Anne De Mey & Grégory Grosjean
  • Performed: in English with the voice of Toby Regbo
  • Production: Charleroi Danses, Centre chorégraphique de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles / le manège.mons, Centre Dramatique
  • Co-production: Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
  • Series: Pioneer,Family
  • Ages: All Ages
  • Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission