Philippe Quesne: La Mélancolie des Dragons

Philippe Quesne: La Mélancolie des Dragons

“An unprecedented version of absurdity, both ingenious and hilarious.” – Der Standaard, Brussels  

“A great, humorous, deeply human and touching work.” – Der Standard, Vienna

The stage is a beautiful snowy forest. The old Citroën broke down, but the trailer behind it has a rock-and-roll light show that still works. The dogs wander as if they don’t care. The beer and potato chips are almost gone…  Artist and director Philippe Quesne uses brilliant stagecraft and deeply penetrating humor to create theatrical experiences that are both hyper-naturalistic and bizarrely absurd. In La Mélancolie des Dragons, a band of longhaired metalheads decide that the clearing where they are stranded might be the perfect location for a new amusement park with a heavy metal theme. A helpful stranger and her dog are invited into their crazy world of classic rock, medieval recorders and large inflatable sculptures. With minimal dialogue, Quesne mixes dream and reality, music and language, to celebrate the profound joy and absurdity of life.


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Produced by Vivarium Studio (2012). Tour produced by Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre Dramatique National.

Presented with support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

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WED 9/23
8:30 pm
$25  $20$12

THU 9/24
8:30 pm

$25  $20$12 

FRI 9/25

$30  $24$18

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff