by Nora J
by Nora J., 2nd grader
Last night I went to see La Mélancolie des dragons. Most of the time they were just doing stuff like walking around with big bags of air or reading books or just doing stuff. I can do that. I can walk around. I can read a book, too. They’re doing stuff that almost anyone can do. It’s not “Here’s a new ice cream flavor!” You can do a lot of that stuff, too. But it made it really funny.
I really liked the snow machine. The windshield wipers had to keep wiping the snow off, so I don’t know how it looked just on there, but it was pretty cool.
They used the bubble machine twice. The first time, it was just a bubble machine. The second time it was “a mix of water and air.”
The last part was one of my favorites. There were wigs hanging in the trailer, but when they came out to do their bows, the men all took off their wigs...
Parking was very difficult on Saturday evening and we realize some of our ticketholders were unable to attend the performance. We will honor these tickets for the Sept 13 Sunday 5pm performance. Bring your tickets to the box office before the show and they will help you exchange your tickets.
Parking in lower Queen Anne can be extremely difficult at times due to events at the nearby Key Arena. We recommend checking this calendar to gage parking difficulty and consider the possibility of other travel options.
Alice Kaderlan reviews La Mélancolie des dragons at the Seattle PI:
Philippe Queens’s brilliant “La Mélancolie des dragons” starts out at an excruciatingly slow pace. Four unkempt guys in a VW Rabbit are stranded in a snowstorm. They while away the time drinking beer, eating chips and constantly changing music CD’s.
After what seems like hours, a woman on a bicycle (Isabelle, the only character whose name we learn) shows up; they seem to know her and it appears she has arrived to fix the car. Silently and hilariously she opens the hood, then pulls out wires, coils and pipes from under the hood, before climbing into the engine area and disappearing. When she reappears, she calls a local repair shop and discovers it will be a week before they can fix the car.
To pass the time, the group, joined by three companions riding in the trailer...
The Seattle Times' Michael Upchurch reviews La Mélancolie des dragons:
The first 10 minutes of French writer-director Philippe Quesne’s “La Mélancolie des dragons” may strike fear in some theater audiences.
The setup: Four headbangers sitting in a Volkswagen Rabbit in a snowy landscape keep switching between butt-rock tunes and power ballads, as if caught in some ADD spiral. They continue to sit, change tunes and swig beer, until you wonder if the whole show will take place inside the VW.
Not to worry.
With the arrival of an amiable stranger (Isabelle Angotti), they’re lured out of their car. They’re also soon joined by three companions riding in the trailer behind them.
Are they a band? Or just riffraff with cheesy musical tastes?
Neither: They’re a self-described “amusement park,” and their...
by Kellen Braddock
Pictures don’t do this set justice. The white trees are so starkly beautiful within this dark pocket of woods.
Phillipe Quesne’s La Mélancolie de dragons is a homage to Antonin Artaud, who subverted logic and thought by creating a language without words, motivating audience members and actors to see a truer world.
Over beers and a string of earworms including AC/DC’s Back in Black, the stranded metal heads are completely in their element. Though stuck, they’re exactly where they should be. As an audience member, I wished to feel that free and lost. The young men take their time and continue to do so for the entire piece, making the whole experience dryly humorous, dreamlike, and unlike any show I’ve ever seen. I wanted time to continue unfolding slowly on this clock after leaving the theater.
Isabelle, a French woman of the countryside and the perceived...
by Marielle Guin
La mélancolie des dragons is an idea of a creation for a theme park, that originated from the imagination of seven long-haired rockers. While stuck in the snow during a tour, they meet Isabelle, who came to help them with their car and inform them that it will take 7 days before they are able to run again.
Their idea of passing the boring time is to show Isabelle what the new park is.
As much as a simple idea can be, in this new wave of show, you are brought back on the new technologies becoming obsolete today but with a good laugh for an hour and half. The spectator will just wait to see how more simple can be the new thing they will have in their trailer. The melancolie is a glance at the past brought by a Dire Straits’ song, redone on the flute, or how a simple jet of water can transform your world. Could the dragons just have been ghosts of the past?
by Mary Ann Peters
A pack of pals crammed into an old Volkswagon in the middle of a snow dusted grove towing a makeshift stage (which you only learn about later) was not the tip off. It was the cans of Rainier. And then it was heavy metal meeting the theme from Bonanza. And after that it was the lone bicycler whose curiosity morphs into a meeting with her long lost children or dearest neighbor's children or maybe she just doesn't differentiate intimacies from strangers. But by the end of La Melancolie des dragons she and they have walked the audience through a farcical unveiling of a performance theme park straight out of the one you might have imagined as an 8 yr old in your parent's garage. The visitor-now-best-friend Isabelle is consistently awestruck by a library adorned with hanging wigs, snow that can roll up in sheets of fluff, inflatable lozenges the size of small buildings, projections so rudimentary and unadorned they can linger...
by Charlotte Calvez
"I remember this performance from France but never had the chance to see it. Philippe Quesne is famous and I really wanted to get the picture.
Here I am: 3 words to describe this performance: surprising, offbeat humour, fun. It is a cock and bull story, you just enjoy it as it goes. I loved all the songs and it is entailing, I especially well-liked 'Still Loving You' played with the recorder, I used to do it! :)."