Determined to reconcile humanity with its ineluctable fate, stage director Philippe Quesne summons dancing skeletons, spinning spectres, and a small group of fifteen pianos playing mad music from beyond the grave. Through this twilight carnival, he exorcises our anxieties without ever resorting to tragedy or tears. Inspired by the phantasmagorical imagery of Robertson – the 18th century Belgian artist and engineer of the magic lantern* – Quesne has dreamt up a poetic cabaret populated by spirits and supernatural visions.
*A 16th century special effects device that projects miniature paintings from glass plates onto a screen.
Conception, directing, scenography : Philippe Quesne
Artistic collaboration : Élodie Dauguet
Sound creation : Pierre Desprats
Lights : Nico de Rooij
Set construction : Atelier du Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Production : Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, Vivarium Studio
With Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of the program New Settings
The Cercle des mécènes support Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne for this show
Coproduction Bonlieu, Scène nationale Annecy Les Spectacles vivants, Centre Pompidou Festival d’Automne in Paris La Rose des vents, Scène nationale Lille Métropole Villeneuve d’Ascq (in construction)
This show is supported with the projet PEPS as part of the european program of cross-broders’ cooperation Interreg France-Switzerlang 2014-2020
Photo : © Mathilda Olmi
- Around the show
Wednesday October, 5th: Meeting the team after the show