Philippe Quesne - © Martin Argyroglo

© Martin Argyroglo



15 Fri 21.00h 16 Sáb 19.00h

RIVOLI Grand Auditorium

12.00€ • 1.50h • >12 
Performance spoken in french with portuguese subtitles

Philippe Quesne

Crash Park, la vie d'une île

Philippe Quesne - © Martin Argyroglo

© Martin Argyroglo

A plane crash on a desert island may turn into a metaphor for the present day, a vision for a near future, the restart for (nearly) everything, or a good beginning for a story. In “Crash Park, la vie d’une île” [Crash Park – The Life of an Island], Philippe Quesne creates a fable for human nature in an ongoing process of trial and error. The director, visual artist and set designer improvises an island, fauna and flora, with a few palm trees, certain animal species (such as wonderful mermaids and gigantic reptiles) and a volcano living peacefully together until survivors from a crash show up. Drawing inspiration from the epic drama, including singing and piano melodies, the plot of the live on the island goes Robinson Crusoe so that the fate of the newcomers unfolds. Between post-apocalyptical universe and amusement park, the island itself takes on the main role with all the symbolism it raises, from Homer to Shakespeare, from Jules Verne to Gilles Deleuze. An idyllic setting for utopias, findings and abandonments... Quesne’s fine humour in this work positions the audience in a place where imagination starts and salvation ends.

Born in 1970, Philippe Quesne received his education in visual arts. For 10 years he designed sets for theatre, operas and exhibitions. In 2003, he created the Vivarium Studio Company, and directed his first play, “La Démangeaison des ailes” [The Itching of the Winds], based on the acts of taking off and falling down. He staged other plays such as “Des experiences” [Experiences] (2004), “D’après nature” [From nature] (2006), “L’effet de Serge” [The Serge Effect] (2007), “La Mélancolie des dragons” [The Melancholy of Dragons] (2008), “Big Bang” (2010), “Swamp Club” (2013) and “Next Day” (2014). Since January 2014, he is the co-director of the National Dramatic Centre at Nanterre-Amandiers. In 2016, he created “Caspar Western Friedrich” and “Welcome to Caveland!” at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts, in Brussels. He is also the artistic director of the Prague Quadrennial in 2019.

• NOVEMBRO • 7 — 9 
With Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
Concept, direction and set design Philippe Quesne
With Isabelle Angotti, Jean-Charles Dumay, Léo Gobin, Yuika Hokama, Sébastien Jacobs, Thomas Suire, Thérèse Songue, Gaetan Vourc’h
Assistant François-Xavier Rouyer
Animals costumes Corine Petitpierre
Original soundtrack Pierre Desprats
Music excerpts Shea & Jasha Klebe, Pan Sonic, Frank Martin, Riz Ortolani, Debussy, Daniel Johnston, Chopin, Delinquent Habit, Frank Sinatra
Lighting Thomas Laigle, Mickael Nodin
Sound Samuel Gutman
Stage manager Marc Chevillon
Stage technician Joachim Fosset
Dresser Pauline Jakobiak
Dramaturgic collaboration Camille Louis
Film César Vayssié
Assisting camera Malgorzata Rabczuk
Film extras Rodolph Auté, Marc Chevillon, Yvan Clédat, Cyril Gomez-Mathieu, Erwan Há Kyoon Larcher, Pauline Jakobiak, Thomas Laigle, Nicole Marsey, Mickael Nodin, Sandra Orain, Perle Palombe, Martine Servain, Emilien Tessier, Carole Zacharewicz
Set and accessores construction Ateliers Nanterre-Amandiers
With the support from The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès program “New Settings”
Coproduction Théâtre National de Bretagne, HAU, Munchner Kammerspiele, Onassis Cultural Centre