a bird sits on a man’s head 
the man is irritated
the bird turns into a boy, the boy transforms into wind
the wind becomes a voice
a voice in man’s head

2014, Performance (KHM Project)
A production by Reut Shemesh and Overhead Project

Nominated for the Kölner Tanz- und Theaterpreis (Cologne Dance and Theatre Prize) 2014

The Boy Who Cries Wolf is set against the backdrop of an archaic world of images, populated by giants and dwarfs, fiery demons, wolves and angelic dear characters who are translated into contemporary and intimate personae. Using myths and fairy tales such as the narrative of the Brothers Grimm, the performers question the use of menacing stories to convey moral or controlling children by spreading guilt and fear.

Two boys are lost in a tangled forest; one is heavy, depressed, and the other is light and nimble like a deer. They wander from shimmering deserts into cold mountains, toward one another. This is a story about brothers, a man, and his demons, about the heavy feeling of guilt. Their inevitable encounter, the gravity of their bond, their playful demeanor.  The work is inspired by an old folk tale that conveys a continuous circle of transformation. Every movement, every formal gesture, refers to the previous act and the following one. The journey of the two men unfolds in the moonlight like a variegated, delusional fantasy. In an imagined rendezvous, they encounter fantastic creatures and each other, re-discovering themselves through primal means. The Boy, half-tragedy, half-comedy, is a tale of two brothers who must learn to exist among the wild animals of the forest, without becoming beasts themselves.

„An obscure gem of the dance world is forged” -Thomas Linden, Theaterzeitung AKT


Choreography, Text: Reut Shemesh
Dance, Creation: Tim Behren, Florian Patschovsky
Music: Simon Bauer, Nico Stallmann 
Scenography: Ronni Shendar
Film: Ronni Shendar
Photography: Alessandro De Mattheis
Photography: Lazoo

Made possible by Stadt Köln, Kunststiftung NRW, Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport, tanz.punkt Köln. De NWE Vorst, Kunsthochschule für Medien/KHM Köln, Forum Neuer Zirkus, Sommerblut-Festival, Atelierhaus Quartier am Hafen. 

Previous & upcoming performances

  • 6th, 7th May 2016: Commedia Futura, Eisfabrik Hannover (DE)
  • 31st October 2015: Move! Festival Krefeld (DE)
  • 25th April 2015: Festival tanz nrw, Theater im Ballsaal Bonn (DE)
  • 17th April 2015: Festival tanz nrw, tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 10th, 11th September 2014: tanz.punkt, Alte Feuerwache Köln (DE)
  • 22nd May 2014: Tilburg (NL)
  • 16th, 17th, 18th May 2014: Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (DE)
  • 3rd May 2014: Forum New Circus Berlin (DE)
  • 19th August 2013: ASPHALT Festival Düsseldorf (DE)
  • 22nd, 22rd, 24th April 2013: Now&Next tanzhaus nrw Düsseldorf (DE)