Philippe Quesne

Crash Park – The Life of an Island


105 min

After “The Night of the Moles” (2017) Philippe Quesne now brings his latest work and HAU co-production to Germany for the first time, right after its premiere in Paris. In “Crash Park – La vie d’une île” the director, visual artist and scenographer invents an island inhabited by a few palm trees and some random animal species, whose peaceful environment gets thrown into disarray by the arrival of plane crash survivors. The fable about the trials and tribulations of human nature takes a new look at the myths and symbols of the island. Even the title “Crash Park” sounds a bit dystopian. But what if the crash is considered not as the inescapable and fateful end of our human trajectories but as a beginning? What comes after the forced catastrophe, the end of accepted, authorized and organized speech? In his unmistakable style, Philippe Quesne takes off on a journey between an archaic theatre that indulges itself in beginnings – the beginning of the world, the beginning of language (where it is not always about words), the beginning of images – and the revived experience of a present that always comes next.


Conception, Direction and Set Design: Philippe Quesne / With: Isabelle Angotti, Jean-Charles Dumay, Léo Gobin, Yuika Hokama, Sébastien Jacobs, Thérèse Songue, Thomas Suire, Gaëtan Vourc'h / Assistance: François-Xavier Rouyer / Dramaturgic Collaboration: Camille Louis / Technical Direction: Marc Chevillon / Stage Design: Joachim Fosset / Sound: Samuel Gutman / Light: Thomas Laigle, Mickael Nodin / Costumes: Corine Petitpierre / Dresser: Pauline Jakobiak / Set and Accessories Construction: Ateliers Nanterre-Amandiers (Élodie Dauguet, Marie Maresca, Ivan Assaël, Jérôme Chrétien) / Video: César Vayssié / Sound Recording: Pierre Desprats / Production: Nanterre-Amandiers / Musical Extracts: Debussy, Pan Sonic, Riz Ortolani, Jeanne Moreau, Jacob Shea & David Flemming, Puppetmastaz, … / Original Music: Pierre Desprats


  • Past
    German premiere
    Wed 19.12.2018, 19:00 / HAU2
    Thu 20.12.2018, 19:00 / HAU2
    Fri 21.12.2018, 19:00 / HAU2


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 (Rennes), Münchner Kammerspiele, Onassis Cultural Center (Athens).

Funded within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

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