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Bells And Spells

(This is a past event and is no longer running)



With Jaime Martinez


‘Delightfully deft blend of surreal humour and unpredictability
The Times ★★★★

 ‘A must-see’  London Theatre ★★★★★

Bells and Spells follows Aurélia Thierrée’s peculiar journey as an incurable kleptomaniac who is at the mercy of the objects that she steals. A coat hanger starts to walk, chairs and a table slide and slip away, while a wall opens up to reveal a pair of dancers, and a dress suddenly takes on a life of its own.

Using ethereal imagery and unpredictable props, this enchanting piece of physical theatre blends the wonderful with the strange. Neither logic, reason nor seriousness has a voice as Aurélia Thierrée and dancer Jaime Martinez guide you through a story which combines surreal humour and a sense of magic.

Directed by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin, Bells and Spells returns to The Coronet Theatre for its London premiere after a work in progress sharing during the Coronet International Festival in 2017.


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Running Time:

70 mins

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Technical Director
Gerd Walter

Lighting Engineers
Pierre Hendrickx
Nick Burge

Sound Engineer
Dom Bouffard

Stage & Costume Technician
Monika Schwarzl

Didier Bendel

Co-produced by
Atelier Carouge Geneva
Théâtre des Célestins Lyon France
Change Performing Arts Milano


Director Victoria Thierrée Chaplin, who created the show, is the daughter of the legendary artist Charlie Chaplin and Oona O’Neill (daughter of playwright Eugene O’Neill). In 1970 she joined up with circus pioneer and actor Jean-Baptiste Thierrée, a renowned artist in circus, theatre and performance art. Amongst the many accolades throughout her long career, in 2006 she was awarded the Molière Award for designing the costumes for her son James Thierrée’s La Symphonie du Hanneton. She recently created and directed Auréia’s Oratorio with Aurélia.

Aurélia Thierrée started performing in Le Cirque Imaginaire and Le Cirque Invisible. She has worked in cabaret from Berlin to NYC, and
toured with the Tiger Lilies in Tiger Lilies Circus. She recently worked with Deborah Warner in the Opera La Traviata at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, and in the theatre production Dernier Metro, directed by Dorian Rossel. She has appeared in films directed by Miloš Forman, Jacques Baratier and Guillaume Nicloux. From 2003 to 2011, she toured Aurélia’s Oratorio across the world, a show directed and created by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin. Their second show Murmures des Murs toured internationally from 2011 to 2018. Bells and Spells is their third collaboration. It premiered at the Spoleto Festival Italy in 2018.

Jaime Martinez was born in Puerto Rico, and was raised in South Carolina. In 1985 he co-founded the Parsons Dance Company. His many master classes include residencies at the Juilliard School, and he has staged numerous works including for Le Ballet du Rhin, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, Carte Blanche Dance Company of Norway, Ballet National de Nancy, Pennsylvania Ballet, New York City Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, and Roland Petit Ballet National de Marseille. He is a recipient of a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award.