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Phillipe Quesne’s La Mélancolie des dragons Sep 12, 2015

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 “rescuer,” is ready for a full inculcation into this world—which has conveniently unfolded in her own back yard. She’s given the royal tour of this DIY theme park which includes an inflated demonstration, portable wig display, a tasteful amount of flute playing, and much more. Isabelle hangs on every word and enthusiastically follows the metal heads to every new station, as did I from the audience.

This is not a show to be missed.

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