Big Bears Cry Too
Big Bears Cry Too examines people’s vulnerability within an immense and incomprehensible universe. A series of objects whirl around the stage, speaking to us about our place in the world: a giant over-sized plastic heart that can only be contained by releasing a small amount of air; a gigantic pill that is supposed to make you happier, but actually stops you from recognising yourself; and, a bear who becomes the victim of his own excessive sensitivity. The show plunges us into a universe of coloured rain and never-ending symbols.
Shows by artist and dramatist Miet Warlop – Springville, Dragging the Bone, Mystery Magnet, and Fruits of Labor – have titles as intriguing as their direction, and they have taken the world by storm over the last 15 years. Her new production Big Bears Cry Too is the first to be created for audiences as young as six.
Piece for 1 performer
Family – ages 6+
Design and stage management Miet Warlop
Performers Wietse Tanghe et Christian Bakalov
Music Pieter De Meester, Joppe Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe, Miet Warlop,
Technical director Hugh Roche Kelly
Production director Seppe Cosyns
Lighting Henri Emmanuel Doublier
Assistants Lila John, Karolien Nuyttens, Barbara Vackier, Ian Gyselinck, Geert Viaene (Amotec), Mathias Huybrighs
External eye Danai Anesiadou
Co-creation with the Théâtre Nouvelle Génération, CDN – Lyon
The company : Miet Warlop
Born in Torhout in 1978, Miet Warlop is a Belgian visual artist.
She lives and works between Ghent, Berlin and Brussels.
Miet Warlop holds a master degree in Multimedial Arts from KASK, Ghent. For her graduation project Huilend Hert, Aangeschoten Wild, an ‘inhabited installation consisting of six scenes and a crawling subject’, she won the Franciscus Pycke Jury Award and the residence prize for Young Theatre Work 2004. She was responsible for the set design for performances and Les Ballets C de la B (Ghent).
Miet Warlop moved to Berlin for 3 years, to prepare a new piece called Mystery Magnet, which premiered at KunstenFestivalDesArts (Brussels). Mystery Magnet won the Stuckemarkt Theatertreffen Prize at the Berliner Festspiele for new forms of theatre. Mystery Magnet has played more than 100 times all over the world and was nominated for Theatertreffen Berlin for finding a new way of making stagearts. In 2014 Miet Warlop started her own legal structure “Irene Wool”.
In 2015 Miet Warlop opened the festivities that celebrated the 50 years of Beursschouwburg Brussels. Art Gallery Barbican London asked her for a performance.
In 2016 a new big piece for the stage was made, Fruits of Labor, a deep night music performance functioning as a painkiller for
Miet takes off in 2017 at KW – Berlin where she shows some of her Nervous Pictures together with the Trisha Brown Company
and Guy de Cointet. In the same year she will open Art Institute Vooruit in Ghent with her monumental performance Amusement
Park. Festival Actoral Marseille invited Miet to collaborate with author and curator Raimundas Mala-sauskas for L’Objet des Mots. This results in a new project Ghost Writer and the Broken Hand Break that will premiere in september 2018.
Early 2018 she is rendering Big Bears Cry Too, a show for all ages that premieres at HETPALEIS Antwerpen in April 2018
I like to make the invisible visibleMiet Warlop
Go to the show
TNG, Lyon - Vaise
23 rue de Bourgogne, Lyon 9
Bus 2, 31, 90, C6, C14 - Tissot
D - Valmy