Snake Dance Recital

Riche Riche & Riche and Le théâtre des Deux Eaux present

Snake Dance - The Recital

a film by Manu Riche and Patrick Marnham, and a piano recital by Jun Kanno


September O7th - Cinema Zuid - Antwerp. Info & tickets:
September 08th -  Minard - Gent. Info & tickets:
September 11th -  Bozar - Brussels. Info & tickets:


October 03rd - Kyoto Concert Hall - Kyoto
October 5th -  Médiathèque - Sendai
October 07th - Hiroshima University Satake Memorial Hall - Hiroshima
October 09th - Togitsu Canary Hall - Nagasaki


The knowledge needed to build the atom bomb was not passed on. We consciously pursued it. And the world has been living with the consequences ever since.

"Snake Dance" tells the story of the origins of the atom bomb from a contemporary perspective spanning three continents - Africa, North America and Asia, relating to the uranium mined in the Belgian Congo, the science developed in New Mexico and the lives affected in Japan.

"Snake Dance - The Recital" offers a screening of the film followed by a concert by Jun Kanno to celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations and friendship between Belgium and Japan. The program includes pieces by Beethoven and Chopin. It's the music of the film, played in the film by Jun Kanno, but also music that Otto Frisch physicist at Los Alamos played shortly before the launch of the bomb on Hiroshima.

About Patrick Marnham and Manu Riche

Patrick Marnham, born in 1943, is an award winning author and writer of English and Irish nationality. He is best known for his biographies, focusing on such diverse characters as Diego Rivera, Georges Simenon, Jean Moulin and Mary Wesley. As a journalist, he wrote for The Times among others, The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Observer. From 1968-1971 Marnham was scriptwriter for the BBC. With Manu Riche he wrote and co-directed the feature documentary "Snake Dance" (2012). He also appeared in the documentary "The Man Who Was not Maigret" directed by Manu Riche. Snake Dance: Journeys Beneath a Nuclear Sky was published in 2013.

Manu Riche, born in 1964, is a filmmaker and Belgian director. He is known for his compelling documentary portraits. His film career began in the 1980s on television.
For the Belgian TV show Striptease (RTBF), Rich realizes innovative reports giving an unconventional glimpse of daily life. In 2001 and 2003, he made two controversial documentary portraits, one of King Baudouin and one of Georges Simenon. In 2005, he directed for the Belgian Television (VRT and RTBF) documentary portraits of politicians, businessmen and cultural figures. In 2012 he staged for the KVS theater monologue "Raymond" written by Thomas Gunzig with Josse De Pauw in the role of the football coach Raymond Goethals.
With Patrick Marnham in 2012, Riche co-directed the award winning documentary "Snake Dance" about the origins of the atomic bomb.
In 2015 together with the artist Ai Weiwei, Riche filmed "Trial about Fake”, a performance based on the lawsuit filed by Ai Weiwei against the Chinese state. This six-hour-long performance became an installation presented at BOZAR in Brussels.
Also in 2015 Riche completed the feature-length documentary film "Oratorium Zonder Doel" (music by Walter Hus) about the long battle between the inhabitants of the village of Doel, destined for destruction, and the port of Antwerp.
In October 2015, his first feature film, "Problemski Hotel", adapted from the novel by Dimitri Verhulst was presented in preview at the Ghent International Film Festival.

About Jun Kanno

Jun Kanno is one of the most internationally acclaimed and respected Japanese pianists performing today.
A graduate of University of Toho in Tokyo, he was invited to France by Olivier Messiaen and Yvonne Loriod, wife of the famous composer, who became his teacher at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Jun kanno lives in Paris, where he has given many recitals at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Salle Gaveau. He is regularly invited to perform in principal musical cities such as London (St. John’s), Rome (teatro ghione), Geneva (Studio ansermet), Salzburg (Schloss mirabell), Tokyo (Suntory hall), Brussels, Barcelona, Florence and others.

Jun Kanno performed the music in the film Snake Dance, playing live in Nagasaki. He played the same program the nuclear physicist Otto Frisch performed in Los Alamos some days before the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.