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»promise me« feiert die Sorglosigkeit – in all ihrer Brutalität und Schönheit. Erzählt von der Sehnsucht nach bedeutungsvollen Dingen. Aber auch von den Narben, die sie auf unserer Haut hinterlässt.

About the production

They run through the room, screaming, jumping. They fall from walls, bite each other, tear clothing, throw stones and hug each other. They are caught. Held. Captured. Shaken off. Spun around. They are wild, unstoppable, unable to be kept down. Reckless. They trust each other and test the limits of what is possible. Over and over. The five children and two adult performers leave out not a single moment of confrontation. Driven by the live music of an e-guitar, they throw themselves courageously from one extreme to the next, leave the stagnancy of the previous months behind them, tolerate no half-heartedness, and risk everything at a time when most people are looking for security. promise me celebrates carefreeness, in all its brutality and beauty. It tells of the longing for meaningful things. But also of the scars this leaves on our skin.

The Belgian dance company, kabinet k, led by choreographers Joke Laureyns and Kwint Manshoven, is internationally celebrated for its impressive work with multigenerational ensembles. After months of pandemic-related restrictions and cancellations, the company has reunited with a production. promise me emerged from improvisation and the energy of the  reunion. All of kabinet k’s productions are developed with children participating in an intense and equal dialogue. A fast-paced, relentlessly physical, radical and poetic performance. A moving tribute to the joy of life by the brave and untamed. A touching experience for kids aged 8–12 and adults alike.

Produced by kabinet k & hetpaleis.

Ruhrtriennale 2022 Trailer: promise me © Beeldstorm & Kurt Van der Elst
Ein:e Jugendliche:r sitzt auf den Schultern eines Erwachsenen.
Ein:e Jugendliche:r sitzt auf den Schultern eines Erwachsenen. | © Kurt van der Elst
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