The Kissing Rebellion
By Abigail Boucher and Carolyn Defrin
Days after the Paris attacks in November 2015, Abigail and I were in Chicago desiring to contribute more positive narratives to the dominant ones of fear and anxiety affecting our home cities of Paris, London and Chicago- as well as the world at large.
Inspired by the social media message many of Abigail's French friends and relatives were circulating "Il va falloir beaucoup, beaucoup, beaucoup d'amour" (it's going to take a lot, a lot, a lot of love) we gathered friends around international dinner tables, recording a spectrum of stories that began with a kiss. With numerous connections to family, culture, love, sex, politics and identity, we are drawn to the universality in this simple, but complex gesture and how it offers healing through joy, sorrow and continuous commitment to love and care.
After receiving commissions from London's Albany and Ovalhouse theatres, we are currently growing the project with local London and Los Angeles communities (where Abigail and I are respectively based) and will create an audio-installation and theatrical performance in late summer and fall, 2019.
Read an article about our collaboration in Performance Research Journal's most recent issue 'On Generosity,' and stay tuned for all the details on the upcoming events.
Let the Kissing Rebellion begin...
Framed with a kiss.
Here are some of our extraordinary storytellers that we've met on the streets, and over tea & cake.