• Photo: Koen Broos

  • Photo: Koen Broos

  • Photo: Koen Broos

  • Photo: Koen Broos

  • Photo: Koen Broos

  • Photo: Koen Broos

Without Blood

In a nameless war, a troop of soldiers carry out a pitiless act of vengeance. During its course a girl and a boy exchange a single glance.

A brief wordless moment, almost like love at first sight, Unwittingly they are bound to each other.

Without Blood  is about the consequences of war, and the undeniable link between perpetrator and victim. What comes after the suffering? How can you avoid being maddened by the hunger for revenge?

Without Blood  is part of LIFT 2016, a London-wide festival of international performance.

Inne Goris is an Associate Artist at Crying Out Loud. Without Blood  was created by LOD muziektheater, Inne Goris & Dominique Pauwels.

Monday 6 June: join us after the show for a conversation with lead performer Johan Leysen.



  • 'Director Inne Goris knows at a glance how to get an extreme amount of drama and material from even the smallest gesture.'

    Knack on Dregs

  • 'Hoog Gras is an intense and impressive theatre trip. '

    De Morgan

  • 'This is theatre at its best and purest.'

    Knack on Dregs

  • 'This performance is definitely a must-see for people who are ready for an intense, impressive theatre experience.'

    Noorderzon on Long Grass

Audience Comments

  • Creative team

    Concept and Direction: Inne Goris

    Text: Peter Verhelst base on Without Blood by Alessandro Baricco

    Music: Dominique Pauwels

    Cast: Johan Leysen, Lieve Meeussen, Aja Ademi/Mila Baeyens

    Stage design: Stef Stessel

    Lighting design: Stef Stessel, Johan Vandenborn

    Costumes: Greta Goiris

  • Inne Goris Biography

    Inne Goris trained as a theatre director and drama teacher at the Maastricht School of Drama. Her work crosses the boundaries of art, theatre and dance and much originates from her fascination with fairy tales and their implicit, dark undertones. Inne’s theatre debut was Niet in staat tot slechte dingen (Bronks, 1996-1997), an intriguing portrait of the hard and ruthless world of children at play. Her next three pieces Zeven (2001), Drie Zusters (2003), a collaboration with Bart Moeyaert, and Pride and Prejudice (Het Toneelhuis, 2003-2004) were nominated for the 1000 Watt Prijs. Other work includes Hersenkronkels (Villanella, 2004), Droesem (Once Upon A Time 2004) De Dood en Het Meisje (2005), La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes (2006) and Naar Medeia (2008). Since 2009, Inne has been creating under the wings of LOD. Nachtevening (Equinox) (LOD & ZEVEN), the second part of her diptych based on the classic Medea, premièred in November 2009. For Wall (May 2010), Inne once again drew inspiration from a text by Pieter De Buysser with composition by Dominique Pauwels. Together with Dominique, Inne created the installation Daydream (2011) for Manchester International Festival and Father, Mother, I and We (2011). They were joined by video designer Kurt d’Haeseleer for Long Grass which premièred at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in May 2012. Zig Zag Zig Zag was created for and premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2013.

    In February 2015, Inne made Snow (LOD music theatre and Silbersee), an associative piece starting from her own fascination with the substance of snow, and from the age-old fairy tale of Snegurochka, a snow maiden from Russian folklore who can control nature, but who cannot stand heat.

  • Co-producers

    Commissioned by LIFT and presented with Crying Out Loud and The Place. Co-produced by Kaaitheater, LIFT, SPECTRA ensemble. Without Blood is a House on Fire project supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.