Featuring elaborate scale film sets, tiny props, cinema projection, ace film technicians and a cast of performing hands, Cold Blood is a dreamy, compelling marvel.

Cold Blood is an astonishing theatre event that unfolds in miniature, and on the tips of performers’ fingers, right before your eyes. Staged in front of an audience and filmed and projected live in perfect synchronicity, it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Belgian choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey and filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael have formed an inspired collaboration around this singular concept. Captivating cinematic vignettes celebrate 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. It’s a journey across space and time, and into the enchanted memories of seven characters about to meet their end.

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 this Festival.

Listen to the RNZ interview with Jaco Van Dormael here

Watch the trailer here

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

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Directors Michèle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael
Choreographers Michèle Anne De Mey, in collective creation with Grégory Grosjean, Thomas Gunzig, Julien Lambert, Sylvie Olivé, Nicolas Olivier, and the participation of Thomas Beni, Gladys Brookfield-Hampson, Boris Cekevda, Gabriella Iacono, Aurélie Leporcq, Bruno Olivier, Stefano Serra
Executive Producer Astragales asbl (BE)
Associate Producers Mars, Mons Arts de la Scène (BE), and Théâtre de Namur (BE)
Co-Producers Charleroi Danse (BE), la Fondation Mons 2015, KVS (BE), Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg (LUX), le Printemps des comédiens (FR), Torino Danza (IT), Canadian Stage (CA) Théâtre de Carouge-Atelier de Genève (CH) and Théâtre des Célestins (FR)

Image Julien Lambert

Supported by


Presented with the support of Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles – Service de Danse.

International Touring Agent Menno Plukker Theatre Agent Inc.


★★★★★ Wonderfully whimsical, exquisitely crafted… breath-taking, affecting [and] magical.

The Herald (Scotland)

All Auckland Arts Festival shows are cancelled as a result of the impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Some exhibitions are providing online galleries and the APO is streaming concerts from their back catalogue in place of the Beethoven 250 concerts. Up-to-date information, including information about refunds, is here.