LAST summer I posted about how the Théâtre de Carouge reaches out to Geneva’s international, multilingual audience with innovative new techniques and imaginative special events.
Now it’s taking that effort one step further with a special performance entirely in English of a mesmerizing new production that promises to be unlike anything seen in the City of Calvin before — Cold Blood.
An ode to life
This production for theatre-goers age 12 and up by choreographer Michèle Anne de Mey, filmmaker Jaco van Dormael and the Kiss & Cry collective is described as: “An ode to life at the intersection of different media – film, dance, music, and theatre – (that) has a rare emotional power.”
The poetic, dream-like text by Thomas Gunzig: “forces us to consider the fragility of life by exploring the instant just before (our) final breath that transforms our existence.
“You think (…) your life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not what happens. Only one image remains, unexpected, after everything else has disappeared (…) the softness of skin, a vanilla-scented afternoon.” The production explores its theme with humanity, tenderness and nostalgia in a thoroughly original way.
Letting fingers do the telling
Accompanied by an arresting musical score, a mesmerizing voicover accompanies a “nano-dance” on stage: hands perform on miniature film sets as a film crew simultaneously shoots and projects the “ballet” onto a large screen.
Following on from the global success of Kiss & Cry’s nano-dances in 2011, this one-and-a-quarter hour production looks at the memories — sights, sounds, smells — that might come to us in our final moments.
This thought-provoking, visually innovative production incites a range of emotions from moody introspective moments to a tap-happy Fred and Ginger-inspired interlude. It looks to be a unique and memorable theatrical experience. ♠
by Michèle Anne de Mey, Jaco van Dormael, and the Kiss & Cry collective
9 January to 3 February 2018 in French
Special English performance on 26 January at 8pm
Main photo caption: The mysteries of life’s final moment explored: Cold Blood at the Théâtre de Carouge in English for one performance only on 26 January. Photo: ©JulienLambert.