La vie d’une île
Since time immemorial, the idea of an island as a place of infinite possibilities has been a source of inspiration for writers and artists. In Crash Park, theatre-maker Philippe Quesne has written his own robinsonade. When the survivors of a plane crash emerge from the wreckage, they encounter the desert island and its inhabitants. Quesne was inspired by numerous myths and stories, such as Homer’s Odyssey and the fantasies of Jules Verne. Epic scenes alternate with melancholic wanderings, while the contemporary fable spotlights the greatness and the failings of the human race. Will the characters make the island their place of exile or will it be their utopia?
• Philippe Quesne’s distinctly visual work is performed in theatres across the world, from New York to Hong Kong. He is a regular guest at Kaaitheater, where he has presented, a.o., L'Effet de Serge, La Mélancolie des Dragons, La nuit des taupes, and (during Performatik17) Caspar Western Friedrich.
design, direction & scenography Philippe Quesne | with Isabelle Angotti, Jean-Charles Dumay, Leo Gobin, Yuika Hokama, Sébastien Jacobs, Thérèse Songue, Thomas Suire, Gaetan Vourc'h | assistant François-Xavier Rouyer | animal costumes Corine Petitpierre | lights Thomas Laigle, Mickaël Nodin | musical extracts Jacob Shea & Jasha Klebe, Pan Sonic, Frank Martin, Ortolani Rice, Debussy, Daniel Johnston, Chopin, Delinquent Habit, Frank Sinatra | sound design Samuel Gutman | original music Pierre Desprats | dramaturgical advice Camille Louis | general direction Marc Chevillon | technical direction Joachim Fosset | costume design Pauline Jakobiak | stage design Nanterre-Amandiers Workshops (Élodie Dauguet, Marie Maresca, Ivan Assael, Jerome Chrétien) | filming César Vayssié | film extras Rodolphe Auté, Marc Chevillon, Yvan Clédat, Cyril Gomez-Mathieu, Erwan Ha Kyoon Larcher, Pauline Jakobiak, Thomas Laigle, Nicole Mersey, Mickaël Nodin, Sandra Orain, Perle Palombe, Martine Servain, Emilien Tessier, Carole Zacharewicz | production Nanterre-Amandiers, with support from the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès within the program 'New Settings' | co-production HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Münchner Kammerspiele, Onassis Cultural Center