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Philippe Quesne / Vivarium Studio
La mélancolie des dragons

5 - 6 OCT 2018

Full ticket: 22 euros
Reduced ticket (under30/over 65): 16 euros
Student ticket: 11 euros
8 pm
Running time: 80’
Triennale Teatro dell'Arte
A delicate, ironic and at times moving performance which immerses the audience in a wondrous universe.

“What governs La Mélancolie des dragons is above all an unprecedented version of absurdity, both ingenious and exhilarating.” De Standaard

Following the highly acclaimed L’Effet de Serge, presented in March during the first edition of FOG festival, the third season of Triennale Teatro dell’Arte will launch with La Mélancolie des dragons by Philippe Quesne, the cult artist of the contemporary French and international theatre scene.
The work departs from the last scene of Quesne’s most famous work: a group of eccentric metalheads is found stranded inside a Citroën AX immersed in a snowy scenery, with dragons, dogs and a “Snow White”, accompanied by rock music.
Delicate, ironic and at times moving, Quesne immerses his performers in an ever-evolving environment in which dreams and meanings, sounds and words, smoke and light become inextricably entangled. A performance of limitless imagination and extraordinary poetics.


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.


text, direction and set design: Philippe Quesne
with: Isabelle Angotti, Rodolphe Auté, Joachim Fosset, Cyril Gomez-Mathieu, Sébastien Jacobs, Victor Lenoble, Émilien Tessier and Gaëtan Vourc’h
stage manager: Marc Chevillon
stage technician: Joachim Fosset
tour production: Nanterre-Amandiers – centre dramatique national
original production: Vivarium Studio
co-production: Wiener Festwochen (Wien), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), La rose des vents – Scène nationale de Lille Métropole, Nouveau théâtre – Centre dramatique national de Besançon, Ménagerie de Verre - Paris, Le Forum – Scène conventionnée de Blanc-Mesnil, Le Carré des Jalles, Festival Perspectives – Sarrebruck
supported by: Région Île-de-France, Parc de la Villette, Centre National du Théâtre
photo © Martin Argyroglo

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