• Fri 11.12.09 20 h
  • Sat 12.12.09 20 h

In her new work ›Do Animals Cry‹, American choreographer Meg Stuart explores the complexities of family relationships. Cry if you want to: it’s family time now! The house is locked up but open for all, only dogs aren’t allowed in.

This is how it starts: people in pyjamas and slippers are panting. A family – is it really a family? – quietly gone sour. They fool around in variable poses: father, mother or sibling. They are called Frank and Frankie-Boy, Frankie-Fucker, Little Shit or Honey. To name just one, the others have their own set of nicknames. Decent families know how to communicate without anybody noticing. In the games they play, everybody defends his right on regression, on sleepwalking blindness and hidden frailty. In a room filled with memories, new candidates make their way in every day exchanging dreams and disappointments. No need for a fixed role, without being asked, they slide in and out family portraits. A frantic reunion where loved ones reminisce for the last time before falling to pieces.

Premiere: 22.04.2009 

Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse)

Choreography: Meg Stuart

Created with and performed by: Joris Camelin, Alexander Jenkins, Adam Linder, Anja Müller, Kotomi Nishiwaki, Frank Willens

Dramaturgy: Bart Van den Eynde

Music: Hahn Rowe

Set: Doris Dziersk

Collaboration set: Rita Hausmann

Costumes: Nina Gundlach

Light: Jan Maertens

Technical director: Robrecht Ghesquière

Light technician: Frank Laubenheimer

Production manager: Christine Peterges

Wardrobe & props: Albine De Wasseige

Assistance costumes: Noélie Verdier

Assistance production: Marlène Bunge

Production: Damaged Goods (Brussels) 

Co-production: Théâtre Garonne (Toulouse), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Berlin), PACT Zollverein (Essen), Kaaitheater (Brussels)
Meg Stuart & Damaged Goods are supported by the Flemish authorities and the Flemish Community Commission
With thanks to: Kunsthaus Tacheles e.V., Robin Detje, Gerald Koll, Àfrika Martínez Ferrin, Britta Mayer, Alessandro Modica


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