In Kind, we enter a distant and unusual universe, full of dark fairy tales and magic. We find ourselves in a dark forest at the foot of menacing cliffs, a world that precedes good and evil, in which no limits have yet been established. With childish tics and gestures, a girl that is too big rides a bicycle that is too small for her and takes us to her universe on the frayed frontiers of the unconscious. A state where the earth speaks, where children grow from trees, and where strange happenings arouse curiosity rather than alarm people.
After Vader (Father) (2014) and Moeder (Mother) (2016), Kind (Son) is the third part of the family trilogy by the renowned Belgian company Peeping Tom. In this creation, Gabriela Carrizo and Franck Chartier explore the different sources of psychosis from the child’s point of view.
The show addresses themes such as violence, the paradox between reality and fiction, the other, trauma, all from the question of identity. To a large extent, the environment we grow up in can determine the person we become. The same goes for Kind. The child reflects on his environment, but also resists it – precisely in order to assert his own identity. In this duality between reflection and resistance, Kind questions the perverse aspects of identity formation.
«The choreography is inventive and mixes different universes, from the futuristic to the primitive. […] All the elements provide a unique and surprising moment.”
Toute the Culture 03/02/2020
“[The company] Peeping Tom […] surprises us once again with their inventions. To not lose.”
Theater du Blog 02/02/2020
“This landscape of untamed imagination may be about childhood, but Kind is not a children’s show. When you leave the show, you will want to treat children not just with care, but with caution.” **** (4 stars)
The Guardian 01/23/2020