La Mélancolie des dragons
Conception, direction and set design
A group of hard rockers sits eating chips in a broken down Citroen AX, a raft stranded in a snowy landscape. Everything is calm, and time has stopped – all because of a broken spark plug. Set in a cottony world, these dragons and a dog meet their Snow White… and they offer her a minimal yet multifunctional theme park. Equipped only with a stage light, a smoke machine, a few wigs and Scorpions’ iconic Still Loving You played on the recorder, they reveal how wonderful things can be born out of almost nothing, as long as you let yourself go into a shared dream. Their melancholy is not just a condition of spleen, it is highly creative… Philippe Quesne works on an extremely thought-provoking domino principle: the last scene of one show inspires the first scene of the next. The beginning of La Mélancolie des dragons was born from the closing moments of L’Effet de Serge, where the central character is creating micro special effects at home in his apartment. This show is inspired by numerous literary, musical and pictorial references, including Durer’s engraving, Melancolia, in which a figure lost in dreams is surrounded by her scattered mental projections. How would the agitated life around that melancholy body organise itself? Philippe Quesne’s company is called Vivarium studio. From his first show, La Démangeaison des ailes, Quesne plunges his actors into situations and, like an entomologist, watches them react and adapt.