Human utopia and apocalypse evoked by a theatre magician
Philippe Quesne is a leading French theatre director and visual artist. For this year’s festival, a new version of his performance work The Moles (2016) is presented in collaboration with contact Gonzo, along with a screening of his theater piece Crash Park: The Life of an Island (2018). Both works explore the true nature of humankind and what brings happiness. Crash Park is a castaway story in which the surviving passengers of a plane crash arrive on an island. Through depictions of a primitive land and euphoric life with the islanders, Quesne portrays a human utopia and dystopia. In The Moles, giant realistic moles present a comical and acrobatic performance aboveground. Aside from their haughtiness and lack of speech, their way of life is much the same as humans. The communication born between the moles and the audience offers an opportunity to reconsider our own place in the world. Quesne is also known as a “theatre magician”—take note of his unique humor and creative set designs. Absorb this truly original worldview that delivers a cutting satire on environmental issues and contemporary society.
10.16 (Sat) 16:00
10.17 (Sun) 16:00 ♡
♡Childcare Service (Please contact the Kyoto Experiment Office for more information.)
The Moles: 30 min (TBC)
Crash Park (screening): 90 min
Doors open 45 min. prior to the performance.
|Youth (25 and under), Students:||¥2,000|
|High School Students & Younger:||¥1,000|
|Pair (advance only):||¥4,500|
|Advance Ticket Price +¥500 (High School Students & Younger: ¥1,000)|
Born in 1970, Philippe Quesne is a French artist, director and stage designer. He studied visual arts, visual design and set design in Paris. In 2003, he founded Vivarium Studio as a laboratory for theatrical innovation and collaboration between painters, actors, dancers and musicians. The dramaturgy of the performances developed and staged by Philippe Quesne is based on a strong interconnection between space, set and bodies. The sets often become working studios or “vivariums” representing a microcosm. His multidisciplinary performances shown at numerous international festivals. Since 2014, Philippe Quesne has served as director of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers in a suburb of Paris, creating The Night of the Moles, 2016 and Crash Park, The Life of an Island, 2018. In addition to his stage work, he develops performances and interventions for public spaces and landscapes. Since 2019, he has been served as curator of the French pavilions at the Prague Quadriennial.