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Blood Kiss (12+)

Danstheater AYA

Blood Kiss is a co-production of Danstheater AYA and the Swiss Theatre Collective KNPV. In this bizarre and comic piece, two actors, five puppets and three dancers ‘tell’ the story of two misfits who fall in love – an introvert, shy boy who is bullied and a 200-year-old vampire in the body of a girl – in a mix of theatre, puppet theatre and dance. They meet each other in a place where young people hang around. Cold shouldered by everyone, they find support in each other and fall in love. The girl shows the boy that he has to defend himself, the boy accepts the girl the way she is. But how do you do that if you’ve never learnt to stick up for yourself, and if you, as a vampire, have to drink blood every day?

“Dancers and puppets in a virtuoso horror show... The production is a succession of surprising, moving and hilarious scenes.” – Theaterkrant

Blood Kiss was inspired by the Swedish film Let the Right One In from 2008, written by John Ajvide Lindqvist. The film won many international prizes. The boy is performed by a puppet, the girl by a dancer. The combination of text, puppets and dance expands the theatrical possibilities. A beautiful fantasy world is created with lots of room for bizarre and comic horror.

About the makers
KNPV is a leading puppet theatre from Berne whose imposing puppets are popular in theatres in Switzerland, Austria and Germany as well as at international festivals. Danstheater AYA and Theatre Collective KNPV worked together before at the MixUp! Festival 2016 in Berne.


Direction and adaptation: Dirk Vittinghoff and Wies Bloemen
Dancers: Laila el Bazi, Kathrin Gramelsberger, Constantin Trommlitz
Actors: Philippe Nauer, Priska Praxmarer

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