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Touring: Meg Stuart’s 2009 ›Do Animals Cry‹

Meg Stuart | Damaged Goods >Do Animals Cry<

In her new work ›Do Animals Cry‹, American choreographer Meg Stuart explores the complexities of family relationships.

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: Britta Mayer
Production manager: Christine Peterges
Stage manager: Milos Vujkovic
Costume assistance: Noélie Verdier
Production assistance: 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

Photos: Chris Van der Burght

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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