Crash Park: the life of an island / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Crash Park: the life of an island

Philippe Quesne

28-30 DEC 2018

Main Stage
A plane. A storm. A mysterious island. Two years on from “The Melancholy of dragons”, for which he transformed the Onassis Stegi into an Alpine landscape, the French director and visual artist returns with an equally bizarre and humorous spectacle that will transport us to more tropical climes.
Onassis Stegi Friends Presale: from 28 NOV 2018, 12:00
General Presale: from 5 DEC 2018, 12:00
A mysterious island looms on the Onassis Stegi Main Stage. Around us, ocean. Everything is possible here. Planes can get smashed to bits, mermaids and monsters can emerge from the waters, new states can be set up, new myths and legends can be born. 

Two years on from “The Melancholy of dragons”, with which he introduced himself to Greek audiences, Philippe Quesne returns to the Onassis Stegi with his latest production, which fuses Homer's “Odyssey” with “Lost” and Jules Verne with a musical about exile and utopia. 

A passionate collector of insects during his childhood and with a past in the visual arts and set design, Philippe Quesne always creates wondrous theatrical ecosystems. As he himself admits: “I often conceive a show by reflecting on landscapes or whatever micro-world I can immerse my performers in, a place in which they will have to make life possible no matter what”. He has applied this logic to “Crash Park”, in which everything is performed by seven performers around the broken-off tale of a burning plane which has crash-landed on a desert island. 


Concept, Direction & Set Design: Philippe Quesne

Piece for 7 perfomers: Isabelle Angotti, Jean-Charles Dumay, Léo Gobin, Yuika Hokama, Sébastien Jacobs, Thomas Suire, Gaëtan Vourc'h

Assistant: François-Xavier Rouyer
Dramaturgic Collaboration: Camille Louis
Stage Manager: Marc Chevillon
Stage Technician: Joachim Fosset
Sound Manager: Samuel Gutman
Lights: Thomas Laigle, Michaël Nodin
Costumes Collaboration: Corine Petitpierre 
Set & Accessories Construction: Ateliers Nanterre-Amandiers 

Translation from French: Louiza Mitsakou

Production: Nanterre-Amandiers

With support from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès programme “New Settings”

Co-production: Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes), HAU (Berlin), Munchner Kammerspiele (Munich), Onassis Stegi (Athens)

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Actors, artists, musicians and a dog: this was the basic make-up of the Vivarium Studio, the theatre group created by the artist and designer Philippe Quesne in 2003 with the founding objective of putting humanity on display as a species under laboratory conditions. 

The wondrous and the microscopic, the everyday and the extreme, the theatrical lie and the truth of nature: this is the stable ecosystem in which Philippe Quesne stages his spectacles. Always set again the backdrop of a particular theme and set design, his performances are developed in collaboration with the performers during the rehearsal process. 

The first production he directed, “La Démangeaison des ailes” (The itching of the wings, 2003), was a series of drills for take-offs and crash landings. 

Following the domino principles, the last scene of any Philippe Quesne production brings into being the first scene of the production that follows. And it was in accordance with this logic that “Crash Park” came about after “Welcome To Caveland” (2016), a spectacle about the lives of seven moles in the bowels of the Earth.

In “The Melancholy of the Dragons” , the work with which the Onassis Stegi introduced Philippe Quesne to Greek audiences in 2016, the action takes place in an alpine landscape with the rusty old van of a group of middle-aged head bangers as its backdrop. 

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