Philippe Quesne L’Effet de Serge
27 - 28 MAR 2018
Ticket 20,00 Euros
Ticket under 30/over 65/groups 15,00 Euros
Students 10,00 Euros
8 pm Running time 75' Performance in French with surtitles in Italian.
Triennale Teatro dell'Arte
“Quesne knows how to find the wonderful in small things, the extraordinary in everyday life.” The New York Times
The magic of small things permeates L’Effet de Serge, a fascinating work by Philippe Quesne, celebrated artist of the French and international contemporary theatre scene, coming to Milan for the first time. Serge is an introvert, but every Sunday he hosts a few friends in his apartment and shows them brief two-minute performances. These short pieces condense his boundless imagination. Through simple special effects, they radiate the poetry of the everyday, celebrating the ability to create something from nothing and the pleasure ensuing from sharing a passion.
L’Effet de Serge is a show that every evening welcomes different guests; the dramaturgical structure accommodates spontaneous and unexpected experiences. The work epitomises the imaginary world of Philippe Quesne and his company Vivarium Studio. Written for the actor Gaëtan Vourc’h, L’Effet de Serge is performed once a month in the Nanterre-Amandiers theatre, which has been directed by Quesne since 2014. It has become a piece of the theatre’s repertoire, presented at regular interval, exactly like Serge’s Sunday ritual.
Philippe Quesne studied visual arts and for more than 10 years has been working as a stage designer for theatre, opera, galleries and museums. In 2003 he created the company Vivarium Studio and presented their first performance La Démangeaison des ailes. Through his works he searches for the marvellous, the poetics of the small things, pushing the daily life experiences at extremes . The scenography creates an environment in which his actors are immersed. His performances, among which La Démangeaison des ailes (2003), Des expériences (2004), D’après nature (2006), L’Effet de Serge (2007), La Mélancolie des dragons (2008), Big Bang (2010), Swamp Club (2013), create a vast repertory which has been presented all over the world. Beside his theatre work, Phillipe Quesne has exhibited installations and realized performances and interventions in public spaces and in natural settings. Since 2014 he has been directing the theatre Nanterre-Amandiers Centre dramatique national , in which he created the collective project of Théâtre des négociations in 2015. His most recent works (2016) include Caspar Western Friedrich which premiered in Kammerspiele in Munich and Welcome to Caveland! which made its international debut at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels.
With the support of Fondazione Nuovi Mecenati, a franco-italian foundation for contemporary creation.
idea, direction, scenography: Philippe Quesne
production: Nanterre-Amandiers, centre dramatique national
premiere production: Vivarium Studio, 2007
co-production: Ménagerie de Verre, as part of the residency project
supported by: Forum scène conventionnée de Blanc-Mesnil, festival actOral Montévidéo – Marseille.
Performance created in November 2007 at Ménagerie de Verre in Paris
with: Gaëtan Vourc’h, Isabelle Angotti and the spectators
technical direction: Marc Chevillon photo: © Martin Argyroglo