Auckland Arts Festival

Cold Blood

Michèle Anne De Mey / Jaco Van Dormael / Kiss & Cry Collective

11 MAR - 14 MAR 2020 — Theatre / Film



Auckland Arts Festival


1 hour and 15 minutes with no interval



Featuring elaborate scale film sets, tiny props, cinema projection, and a cast of performing hands, Cold Blood is like nothing you’ve ever seen before – a mind-blowing theatre event that unfolds in miniature, and on the tips of performers’ fingers.

Belgian choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey and filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael create cinematic vignettes celebrating life through the absurdity of death: a drive-in movie theatre, a war-ravaged city, a space station, an old Hollywood ballroom with a Fred and Ginger-style tap routine.

Funny, tragi-comic, philosophical and strangely moving, Cold Blood transports us to amazing miniature worlds, where the fingers do the walking, and a film crew captures it all in real time on a giant movie screen. Performed to music by Schubert, David Bowie, Janis Joplin and Nina Simone, this larger-than-life creation is hands down the most mind-blowing show you’ll see at Auckland Arts Festival.

★★★★★ “Wonderfully whimsical, exquisitely crafted… breath-taking, affecting [and] magical.” — The Herald (Scotland)

★★★★★ “A bewitching, beautifully evocative work.” — The Arts Desk

★★★★★“Visually… stunning… At turns laugh-out-loud funny and poignant.” — The Scotsman

Country of origin: Belgium

Supported by Metro Magazine
Image by Julien Lambert

Co-produced with Le Théâtre les Tanneurs, Du Théâtre de Namur, La Maison de la Culture de Tournai/Maison de la Création, Le Sablier – IFS (France), Arts and Ideas New Haven (USA), Adelaide Festival (Australia), Auckland Arts Festival (NZ) and the Coop ASBL.


Michèle Anne De Mey


Jaco Van Dormael


Grégory Grosjean


Thomas Gunzig


Julien Lambert


Sylvie Olivé


Nicolas Olivier