Philippe Quesne

The Night of the Moles

Part of the Festival “The Mole Keeps on Digging. Animals / Politics / Performance”


85 min

“The Night of the Moles” invites us to get in touch with a new species of moles that dwell in their subterranean retreat, waiting for their audience. Blind but persistent, the furry giants muddle through everyday life, rolling stones back and forth like successors to Sisyphus, thereby providing a visionary retrospective of human cultural revolution. Playful, greedy, congenial and sometimes fatally aggressive, they explore the more profound reasons for their existence in the underground and gradually discover an appreciation for art and the ritual. It doesn’t take long for the moles to make the entire underworld quake with the finest psychedelic sounds.

Director and set designer Philippe Quesne, a master of the magical and the bizarre and a regular guest at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, opens the gates to the underworld for both adults and, with “The Afternoon of the Moles”, also for children. On the second day of the festival the moles will leave the stage and go out on an expedition through Berlin. With penetrating curiosity they will work their way through the streets and back to HAU Hebbel am Ufer. 


Concept, Staging, Scenography: Philippe Quesne / With: Yvan Clédat, Jean-Charles Dumay, Léo Gobin, Erwan Ha Kyoon Larcher, Sébastien Jacobs, Thomas Suire, Gaëtan Vourc’h / Costumes: Corine Petitpierre / Assistance: Anne Tesson / Dramaturgical Team: Léo Gobin, Lancelot Hamelin, Ismael Jude, Smaranda Olcèse / Artistic and Technical Associates: Marc Chevillon, Yvan Clédat, Élodie Dauguet, Abigail Fowler, Thomas Laigle


  • Past
    Tue 26.9.2017, 19:00 / HAU2
    Thu 28.9.2017, 20:30 / HAU2
    Fri 29.9.2017, 19:00 / HAU2
    Sat 30.9.2017, 21:00 / HAU2


Production: Nanterre-Amandiers, Centre dramatique national with support of Fondation Hermès as part of the programme “New Settings”. Co-production: steirischer herbst (Graz), Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, La Filature – Scène nationale (Mulhouse), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt a. M.), Théâtre National de Bordeaux Aquitaine, Kaaitheater (Brüssel), Centre d’art Le Parvis – Tarbes, NXTSTP – Cultural Programm of the EU.

With the kind support of Institut français as part of “Frankfurt auf Französisch – Frankreich Ehrengast der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017”.

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

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