Welcome to Caveland!

5-26 November 2016

Welcome to Caveland!

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Welcome to Caveland! is a project conceived by Philippe Quesne, connecting his new production (Night of the moles) to a larger program, just as a festival gathers together different artists and thinkers around one theme. Throughout November 2016, this program will follow a specific rhythm, with all the spaces and stages at Nanterre-Amandiers occupied by creations, installations and guest artists, exploring the theme of the underground, the subterranean, of caves and caverns…


Welcome to Caveland!, the November program for Nanterre-Amandiers, will include: Thai artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul with his film performance Fever Room; Cécile Fraysse and her show for young audiences, L’Île aux vers de terre; a series of talks and conferences offered by SPEAP / Experimental Program in arts and politics (directed by Bruno Latour); Radio Agora Nanterre, installed at the theatre with a carte blanche to adapt its broadcasts around the theme of the program; and artist Jordi Colomer & the National School of Architecture Paris-Malaquais who will present a film and an installation.

Philippe Quesne’s show, Night of the moles, forms the first section of the Welcome to Caveland! program. It is a work of fiction that stages the interaction of the human, mineral and animal kingdoms, taking the audience underground with seven giant moles. In this musical fable, subterranean life is presented as a tentative shelter and a place of resistance. A large hole in the ground creates a retreat from the outside world and offers the possibility of digging passages to the foundation of things. In November, a children’s version of the show will be performed with the same cast, called L’Après midi des taupes.


As a hybrid outgrowth of the fictional, theatrical world of Night of the moles, the Caveland program takes place in an immense inflatable cavern, echoing the imaginary which brought Philippe Quesne’s original production to life. By bringing together for three weeks a selection of artistic and theoretical proposals, Caveland becomes a laboratory-cavern in which ideas and practices are deepened, reworked and exchanged. Philippe Quesne has invited a range of participants, conceiving a series of events for this installation – musical, filmic, discursive. Taking the form of a salon, a work in progress, a reading, concert or film club, these evenings in Caveland invite the spectator on a journey of experiences, ideas and intuition inspired by the physical and mental space of a “cave”. The various events are characterised by lightness and occasional improvisation, flexibility and hybridity. They are conceived for an ephemeral context, for spaces that are neither stage, nor auditorium, nor gallery. The events emerge for an evening and disappear again, but together they form the layers that accumulate night after night.

Conceived as a subterranean research workshop, calling for creativity and ideas, the Caveland project is an exploratory endeavour of special significance today. It conjures up a fragile, permeable underground space, whose depth and limits are unknown to us, and where new forms of human interaction can be explored.


In 2016 and 2017 Welcome to Caveland! will also visit the following cities and festivals, and each time it will hold a new site-specific program, collaborating with other artists and researchers: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (Belgium); Alkantara Festival, Lisbon (Portugal); Santarcangelo Festival (Italy); Steirischer Herbst Graz (Austria); Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland); ActOral Festival, Marseille; Théâtre national de Bordeaux en Aquitaine ; La Filature, Mulhouse (France); Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt (Germany); and many others.