Young Tanzhaus · Kleine Monster series

CANCELLED: Miet Warlop

Big Bears Cry Too
Big stage
19.03.2020 – 21.03.2020

The performance “Big Bears Cry Too” by Miet Warlop will be postponed until autumn 2020.

Taking a stand for creative unreason, humour in art and gigantic hearts! In her first piece for a young audience, Belgian artist Miet Warlop indulges in her penchant for a playful approach to theatrical means, a style for which she is well-known. She convinces here with an intelligent, radical object theatre strong in imagery, letting oversized teddy bears explode, pouring an ocean of tennis balls onto the playing area or having the stage be flooded with paint.
Behind this quirky spectacle hides the vain search for answers to questions that leave children and adults alike seemingly helpless: Questions for the universe’s immeasurability, for black holes and humanity’s insignificance in this, incommensurable structure. The “Big Bears Cry Too” solo attempts to confront the fears that arise from this. Fears that become palpable before we even start to understand them correctly. Fears that sometimes even make big bears cry.

Duration: 40 Min.

Accompanying programme
Sat 21.03. 14:00 Touch Tour*
Sat 21.03. with audio description

We kindly ask you to write us an email to or call 0211 17 270-56, if you're interested in the touch tour and/or audio description.

*This offer is for audience members with diverse sensory modalities to make live performance more accessible: Through touching e.g. the scenery or the costumes before the performance they can be experienced multisensory.

Concept, direction: Miet Warlop; Performance: Wietse Tanghe; Music, lyrics: Pieter De Meester, Joppe Tanghe, Wietse Tanghe, Miet Warlop; Technical team: Bennert Vancottem, Jack Vincent, Jurgen Techel; Lighting design: Henri Emmanuel Doublier; Assistance: Lila John, Karolien Nuyttens, Barbara Vackier, Ian Gyselinck, Geert Viaene (Amotec), Mathias Huybrighs; Outside eye: Danai Anesiadou; Production, technical realisation: Miet Warlop, Irene Wool vzw (Gent), hetpaleis (Antwerpen); Coordination: Elke Vanlerberghe.
A performance by Ireene Wool, co-produced by Vooruit, Gessnerallee, TJP Centre Dramatique National Strasbourg, AUA WIRLEBEN Theaterfestival Bern, Luzerner Theater, funded by Flämischen Regierung, Stadt Gent and Kunstencentrum BUDA, Kortrijk. A guest performance as part of Take-off: Junger Tanz, funded by Kulturamt der Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW.