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Philippe Quesne

Born 1970 in Paris (France),
lives and works in Paris (France)

The stage director and visual artist Philippe Quesne (founder of the Vivarium Studio company and head of the Théâtre des Amandiers since 2014) presents a piece of island imported directly from his recent stage production, Crash Park (2018), in which a handful of survivors used all manner of means to adapt to their new environment. In this production, as in all his repertoire, Quesne’s intent is to conceive pasteboard biotopes that condition the communities living in them. For in these isolated post-catastrophe ecosystems, the actors, along with the fauna and flora sharing their living space, are compelled to unite over a common cause. Mounted on a slowly rotating stage, the Crash Park island designates a self-sufficient landscape as the preamble to an exhibition that is itself conceived as a vast network of cohabiting species, fluids and humours. Throughout the Biennale, it will host the “shadow cabinet” of the collective Le peuple qui manque, as well as numerous events (performances, seminars, talks…).

With the kind collaboration of the théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers

Philippe Quesne, Crash Park Circus, 2019. Courtesy de l’artiste et [of the artist and] Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre dramatique national. © Blaise Adilon