“An absolute masterpiece!” – De Morgen.
“A moment of charm and pleasure as rich and pointless as the life that inspires it.” – Le Soir.
“The actors’ incredible naturalness, the poetic invention and a humour that never turns to cynicism make La mélancholie des dragons disarming and powerful theatre.” – deredactie.be.
“But what governs La mélancholie des dragons above all is an unprecedented version of absurdity, both ingenious and hilarious.” – De Standaard.
In 2003 the French artist and stage designer Philippe Quesne set up his Vivarium Studio theatre company to make assemblage theatre with a permanent group of actors, artists, musicians and a dog. They show a vivarium of the human species, a slice of life, detailed and humorous. Their sources of inspiration are Beckett and Maeterlinck, and Goya and Dürer too. It is not a script or psychology that provide the foundations on which the actors work, but music, in this case hard rock and mediaeval music. La mélancholy des dragons is above all a play about friendship.
Artist talk with Philippe Quesne after the performance March 18th. Welcome!