If one show can prevent the Feburary Blahs, it’s ‘Kiss & Cry.’ Exotic, sensual, funny and sad this is fingers on film like you’ve never seen them before.[ quote_simple]
MOVING & MESMERIZING
Be honest and admit it. You’ve seen a face on the street or subway train and instantly fell in love. But in a blink of an eye, it seemed, the person was gone. Forever.
This is the indelible point made in Kiss & Cry the cinematically stunning stage spectacle that’s hard to tell if it’s a movie inside a play or vice versa. Not only does it touch the marrow of what it means to be human, its graceful and beatific design involving figurines and a train set is exotic, intimate, and oh so tender in its thematic meandering.
And if you think it’s impossible that a pair of fingers and moving cameras couldn’t possibly thread a 90-minute production into a meaningful experience, do think again. This is beyond art house theatre, it’s moving, mesmerizing and magical.
The narratively rich presentation centres around Giselle who did not like the world any more than the world liked her. Although audiences get a sometimes comical glimpse of the 5 loves of her life, it’s the one that lasted 13 seconds that counts the most. She was 12, he was 14. All she can recall is the touch of his hand.
Relying on a profoundly somber tone to carry the show, this is a tale about the love affairs of yesterday. The ones that create a gaping hole in a person’s heart and leave deep cracks in their memory.
And when a cover version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is played over a critical scene in the story, you just know this poetically stirring event has you right where it wants you.
It’s not often that an audience leaves a theatre feeling like it has shared in something collectively. Kiss & Cry will have you return home to unbox the dreams we put away as grown ups.
Review by Steven Berketo
KISS & CRY by Michèle Anne De Mey, Jaco Van Dormael & collectif February 10-14, 2016 BLUMA APPEL THEATRE 27 Front Street, Toronto TICKETS $24.00 – $99.00 COLLABORATION Gregory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivé, Nicolas Olivier DIRECTOR Jaco Van Dormael CHOREGRAPHY Michèle Anne De Mey & Gregory Grosjean DANCERS Michèle Anne De Mey & Gregory Grosjean TEXTS Thomas Gunzig