Big Bears Cry Too is a performance art piece that speaks of people who feel vulnerable in the face of the unfathomable and incomprehensible universe. But it is also a forced landing in the universe of Belgian artist and playwright Miet Warlop, a reference point for the new European avant-garde, whose works are living canvases of humour and intrigue.
Holder of a Master’s degree in Multimedia Arts from KASK (Ghent), his “Huilend Hert, Aangeschoten Wild” graduation project earned him the Franciscus Pycke Jury Prize and the Best Work of Young Theatre Prize in 2004. Since then, all the creations that have come out of Warlop’s head move between the visual arts, performance art and theatre, touring the world and breaking the moulds of all the genres.
In Big Bears Cry Too, a series of objects fly over the stage and each one contributes the essence of its individuality in the world. A giant plastic heart that can only become smaller if you deflate it by letting the air out, or a giant pill that is supposed to make you happier, but the fact is that you don't know yourself. And then there's the bear that falls victim to its own excessive tenderness and ends up in a world of coloured rain.
Direction and concept: Miet Warlop
Performers: Wietse Tanghe / Christian Bakalov
Music and lyrics: Pieter De Meester, Joppe Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe, Miet Warlop
Technical team: Hugh Roche Kelly, Frouke Van Gheluwe, Seppe Janssens, Johannes Vochten
Production: Seppe Cosyns
Lighting design: Henri Emmanuel Doublier
Assistants: Lila John, Karolien Nuyttens, Barbara Vackier, Ian Gyselinck, Geert Viaene (Amotec), Mathias Huybrighs
External perspective: Danai Anesiadou
Production and technical realisation: Miet Warlop / Irene Wool vzw (Gante) and hetpaleis (Antwerpen)
Representation and coordination: Wim Viaene, Elke Vanlerberghe
Coproduction: Arts Centre Vooruit Gent (BE), Gessnerallee Zürich (CH), TJP Centre Dramatique National Strasbourg (FR), AUAWIRLEBEN Theaterfestival Bern (CH)
With the support of: Flemish Authorities, City of Ghent, Kunstencentrum BUDA (Kortrijk)
Thanks to: Jonas De Meester, Koen Demeyere, Marie Jeanne Symons, Bram Coeman, Koen Jansen, Maarten Van Cauwenberghe, Emma Van Roey, Michiel Goedertier (La Roy NV), Sparks FX