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La Mélancolie des Dragons

Phillipe Quesne

26-28 FEB 2016
20:30
 
Main Stage
1 hour and 20 minutes
Age guidance: 14+
Hard-rock Disneyland. What are a heavy metal band, a car and a granny doing on the top of a snow-topped mountain? The miracle-worker extraordinaire of the French avant-garde makes his Greek debut with an iconoclastic production in praise of friendship.
EARLY BIRD from 1 until 28 JAN:
13 - 20 €
Full price: 15 – 18 – 28 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 - 14 – 22 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 - 12 - 20 €  
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €
A visual anarchist and an alchemist of the gaze, the ground-breaking French director and visual artist Philippe Quesne comes to Greece for the first time on the invitation of the OCC. The tragi-comic spectacle he brings with him is extraordinarily beautiful,
unexpectedly humorous, and gives the word ‘melancholy’ a more positive make-over.

How much poetry can there be in an unexpected meeting in the middle of nowhere between a down-at-heel band and an old lady? ‘An infinitude’, would seem to be the reply from Quesne, who has enjoyed triumphs at the Avignon and Vienna festivals since 2003 and who continues to shake the theatre to its foundations with the extravagantly iconoclastic power of his productions.

In The Melancholy of Dragons, a battered old Citroën breaks down in a glade in the middle of an otherworldly, snow-covered landscape. There are six middle-aged headbangers in the car. An old lady who knows her way round an engine offers to repair their car for them. To thank her, they create a ‘recreational park’ with everything in their hard rock repertoire.

Together, the alpine landscape, the hard rockers with the Metallica T-shirts and the rock ballad “Still Loving You” by the Scorpions mixed with mediaeval cantatas, form a surrealistic hymn in praise of the human race’s most bizarre achievement: friendship.
Pop culture meets the metaphysical, cheap stage effects combine with highbrow Beckettian abstraction, melancholy with optimism and the theatrical lie with the truth of Nature: This is the ecosystem to which Quesne returns again and again to create his bizarre, oneiric and paradoxically funny spectacles.

credits

Conception, Direction and Set Design: Philippe Quesne
With: Isabelle Angotti, Rodolphe Auté, Joachim Fosset, Cyril Gomez-Mathieu, Sébastien Jacobs, Victor Lenoble, Émilien Tessier,  Gaëtan Vourc’h
Stage manager: Marc Chevillon
Stage technician: Joachim Fosset
Light technician: Emanuelle Petit
Production of the tour: Nanterre-Amandiers Centre Dramatique National
Production of the performance: Vivarium Studio
Coproduction: Wiener Festwochen (Vienne), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), La rose des vents - Scène nationale de Lille,  Métropole at Villeneuve d’Ascq, Nouveau théâtre - Centre dramatique national de Besançon, Ménagerie de Verre - Paris, Le Forum - Scène conventionnée de Blanc-Mesnil, Le Carré des Jalles, Festival Perspectives (Zarbriken).
With the support: Région Île-de-France, Parc de la Villette and Centre National du Théâtre.

PARALLEL EVENTS

at the French Institute (31 Sina st.)

Thursday 25 February | 19:00
A conversation with Philippe Quesne

at the Onassis Cultural Centre
Saturday 27 February
- Theatre workshop by Philippe Quesne
- After performance talk with Philippe Quesne

Both conversations are coordinated by: Dr Katia Arfara, Artistic Director of the Theatre and Dance Department at the Onassis Cultural Centre
PARALLEL EVENTS

27 Feb 2016

16:00
Participation Cost: 12 €

ADULTS

Theatre workshop with Philippe Quesne

sponsoring / partnerships

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Hospitality sponsor

Medical cover

RELEVANT EVENTS

1 - 3 Apr 2016

20:30 Main Stage
Scroll down to read info about hearing-impaired audiences.

The EARLY BIRD tickets are sold out.
The next presale phase will start on 23 FEB:
Full price: 15–18–25–36–45 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11–14–20–29–36 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 – 12 – 18 – 27 – 34 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €

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20:30 Main Stage
The EARLY BIRD tickets are sold out.
The next presale phase starts on 14 ΜΑR:
Full price: 15 – 18 – 25 – 36 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 – 14 – 20 – 29 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 – 12 – 18 – 27 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €

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20:30 Main Stage
EARLY BIRD from 11 MAR
until 12 APR: 13 – 20 €
Full price: 15 – 18 – 28 €
Reduced & Small groups
(5-9 people): 11 – 14 – 22 €
Large groups (10+ people):
9 – 12 – 20 €
People with disabilities: 5 € -
Companions: 10 €
Unemployed: 5 €

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