Thiérrée, the grandson of legendary silent film star Charlie Chaplin, utilizes physical theatrics, acrobatics, dance, mime and music to create his works. Written and directed by Thiérrée, Au Revoir Parapluie (Farewell Umbrella), is the follow-up to his 2005 Next Wave production Bright Abyss.
Press materials for Au Revoir Parapluie state the performance "begins with an intriguing creature, covered in gold glitter and crooning in an unidentifiable tongue. Realizing that it can't escape its golden shroud, its face crumples in anguish. The curtain opens to reveal ominously swirling ropes on which climb changelings—careening, flying, and dancing in pitched battle with rocking chairs and great swaths of black cloth."
An international cast comprised of Kaori Ito, Magnus Jakobsson, Satchie Noro and Maria Sendow will join Thiérrée for the BAM run of Au Revoir Parapluie.
Thiérrée is the son of Victoria Chaplin and Jean-Baptiste Thiérrée, founders of the renowned Cirque Invisible and the Cirque Imaginaire. As a child Thiérrée appeared in his parents' productions, studying trapeze and acrobatics, violin and dramatic arts at Piccolo Teatro di Milano and at Harvard University. In 1998 Thiérrée founded La Compagnie du Hanneton and began to create his own work. The company's first production was Junebug Symphony (presented in New York in 2002), followed by the critically acclaimed La Veillée des Abysses (presented at BAM in 2005).
Au Revoir Parapluie plays BAM's Harvey Theater through Dec. 16. Tickets are available by calling (718) 636-4100 or by visiting www.BAM.org. BAM's Harvey Theater is located at 651 Fulton St. in Brooklyn.