Past Event

May 30—Jun 03, 2018

Cold Blood


“Magic happens. It is absolutely and undeniably charming.”

— Le Devoir

A delightful new enchantment of stagecraft and cinema from the makers of Kiss & Cry.

Is there life before death? That’s the big question posed by this completely unexpected, mesmerizing show from the troupe behind ArtsEmerson’s 2013 word-of-mouth phenomenon, Kiss & Cry . Utilizing that same theatrical magic — cinematic techniques, miniature sets, dancing hands and a poetic voice-over — Cold Blood cycles through a series of different lives (and deaths) in a hypnotic dream-like state. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry — you’ll never look at your hands the same way again. Join us for a celebration of life, the senses, love and the final moments of light.

Under the direction of Belgian choreographer and dancer Michèle Anne De Mey and the award-winning filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael — director of the 2009 cult favorite Mr. Nobody starring Jared Leto — master artists use live film projection on stage to bring miniature worlds into full view of the audience.



Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre
219 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116


May 30, 2018 - Jun 03, 2018


75 minutes

Tickets from $20

Ages 8+

Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket to be admitted to this production, including babes in arms.


Audio Described Performance
Sun, Jun 03 2:00 pm

American Sign Language Performance
Sun, Jun 03 2:00 pm

Pre-Show Tactile Tour
Sun, Jun 03 1:00 pm


Created By:


Original Idea:

Michèle Anne De Mey & Jaco Van Dormael

In collective creation with:

Grégory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivé and Nicolas Olivier

With the participation of:

Thomas Beni, Gladys Brookfield-Hampson, Boris Cekevda, Gabriella Iacono, Aurélie Leporcq, Bruno Olivier and Stefano Serra


Thomas Gunzig

Delegate Producer:


Executive Producer:

Astragale ASBL

Associate Producer:

Théâtre de Namur

Sponsored By:
national endowment of the arts logo

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


“Cold Blood is one of those artistic happenings that is nearly impossible to describe — it’s a theatrical performance that’s also a film, a piece rooted in mime and puppetry whose end result is more like a dance. Hands are the central expressive agents in this piece, which explores death’s dark absurdity and occasional transcendence.”

WBUR, The Artery

“It’s the kind of ephemeral film you cannot make in cinema. It has to be onstage…”

Director Jaco Van Dormael,
The Boston Globe's Preview of Cold Blood

“marvellous ingenuity”

“It is a tribute to the team that brings it to life each night that it seems fresh and immediate, yet utterly polished; no small achievement and no ordinary night at the theatre.”

Michael Crabb, The Toronto Star

“You may never look at your hands the same way”

“The images Van Dormael, a filmmaker, and de Mey, a choregrapher, create are often extraordinarily magical.”

“Cold Blood is ambitious”

J. Kelly Nestruck, The Globe and Mail

“to make a theatre with grown-ups look at things with the same sense of wonder they had when they were kids? Quite unique.”

“impresses by its richness in details and references and by its wildly imaginative power, and touches by its underlying tender compassion.”

“Here’s a very gifted filmmaker (Le Tout Nouveau Testament) at work, taking a step back and having fun”

Utopia Parkway
“Cold Blood is almost ineffably beautiful and strange, lyrical and poetic.”
Keith Garebian, Stage and Page
“After seeing this show you probably will never see your hands in the same way.”
Evi Dance Radio