The kissing project began in 2015 in response to the Paris terrorist attacks.
Inspired by artist Camille Moravia's social media message "il va falloir beaucoup beaucoup beaucoup d'amour" (it's going to take a lot a lot a lot of love) long time friends and fellow artist, Abigail Boucher and Carolyn Defrin started audio-recording stories of important kisses with friends and family around dinner tables in our home cities of Paris, London and Chicago.
Listening back to the audio-recordings they understood these kisses connected to a sense of shared humanity and to a critical compassion for each other's unique and different life experiences.
The stories have gone on to inspire an original theatre production (Kissing Rebellion) and an accompanying installation (One hundred thousand kisses) with new projects currently in development.
In pursuit of
the kissing project aims to
elevate our shared humanity and celebrate our exquisite differences one kiss at a time.
carolyn defrin, co-founder
Carolyn is an American director, writer, performer and teacher based in London. She works across theatre, installation and video exploring social relationships.
With an early career in Chicago theatre, she met Abigail performing with The House theatre (where she is a founding member.)
Current work is focused on migration, inter-generational connection and female power.
She has just completed a collaborative PhD about how the arts can help funders differently understand communities.
abigail boucher, co-founder
Abigail is a queer Franco-American director, teacher and performer. Working between Chicago, Los Angeles and Paris she makes work across theatre and film. She is a company member with Strawdog theatre, a founding member of 20%Theatre and has collaborated with several artists including…LA project? City of Paris gig for international women's day.
She is a proud new mother to Léonie.
kristina feliciano, creative producer
Mimmo Manes, logo design
Brock Alter, video designer
Mikhail Fiksel, composer
Rosie Powell, photographer/filmmaker
Winstan Whitter, filmmaker/editor
Alesssandra Davison, photographer
Juliette Tellier, performer
Vic Wynter, performer
Patrick Andrews, performer
Matthew Rawcliffe, choreographer
Abu Ansari, performer
Oliver LeClaire, performer