Philippe Quesne

La Mélancolie des dragonsSep 10-Sep 12

On the Boards_Philippe Quesne_La Melancolie des dragons_photo by Pierre Grosbois

DATE HAS PASSED 8:00PM • Merrill Wright Main Stage

“A great, humorous and deeply human, touching work.” — Der Standard (Vienna)

Thu – Sat | Sep 10 – 12 | 8pm
Sun | Sep 13 | 5pm

Stranded in the middle of a snowy forest, six heavy metal music fans build a DIY version of a Disney theme park as a stand against cheap consumerism. A cheerfully surreal tableau slowly emerges with the help of butt-rock, medieval recorders, and a busted Citroën.

An international audience favorite, this three-dimensional poem is full of visual wonder, joy and melancholy, and a sincere delight in human existence. You’ll never hear the Scorpions the same way again.


Originally a visual artist, Philippe Quesne studied visual arts and graphic design at L’École Estienne and set design at L’École des Arts Décoratifs de Paris. In 2003 he founded Vivarium Studio, a laboratory for theatrical innovation which features painters, actors, dancers, musicians and animals. His work has been staged all over the world, from Avignon to Tokyo. Quesne is currently artistic director of the Nanterre-Amandiers Theatre in Paris and was last seen at OtB with the profound and stunning L’Éffet de Serge.

*Please note the use of fog during this performance

Sep 14, 2015
The Seattle Star's Omar Willey reviews La Mélancolie des dragons: According to some developmental psychologists, children of a certain age do not distinguish between internal fantasy and external reality. Adults find this quaint. As adults, it is...

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