Life in the Folds

A dance theatre show adapted from the prose poetry of Henri Michaux

© Editions Gallimard, Paris.
Premiered at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2001.

Exquisite, ironic and sharply engaging theatre… a bold and intelligent delight.

Rachel Halliburton, The Evening Standard - Read full review →

Brilliantly executed and very witty… an exhilarating piece of work.

Jonathan Lovett, The Scotsman - Read full review →

Theatre at its innovative, exuberant best.

Nick Thorpe, The Independent - Read full review →

Delightfully warped.

Cat Davison, Metro Bristol - Read full review →

A startling fusion of music, contemporary percussive dance and the eerily comic prose poetry of Henri Michaux.

Michaux was one of the most unusually inventive of twentieth century French writer-artists, and this unprecedented dramatisation of his work explores some of his obsessive themes: pain, endurance, fragility, revenge. Ephemeral characters are impaled on spears, roasted on spits, stuffed into sacks, ground into sausage meat… But in the end, resilience reigns. If pain is omnipresent, death itself is kept at a distance, and from within this distance springs an eventual serenity.

Past touring

Hill Street Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
BAC, London, two week run.
Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal, Bath.
Mayfest, Bristol Old Vic Studio, Bristol.
The Gate, Cardiff.

Cast and creative team

Direction and adaptation: Sinéad Rushe
Original creation: Sinéad Rushe and Jenny Boot
Performance: Sinéad Rushe and Camille Litalien
Lighting design: Andrew Taylor
Original lighting design: Colin Grenfell
Sound preproduction: Peter Rose
Programme and flyer design: Dermot Rushe
Production: Kate Houlden

Funded by Arts Council England.