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Small Wonder: The Seattle Star reviews La Mélancolie des dragons 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 their duty to distinguish such things. This is fantasy. This is reality. You’re being unrealistic. It’s only a dream. When are you going to grow up and see?

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The Coming-Soon Park - Memeteria reviews La Mélancolie des dragons Sep 14, 2015

Thomas May reviews La Mélancolie des dragons at Memeteria:

What a delightful way to launch the new season: over the weekend, On the Boards presented La mélancolie des dragons, a visual-theatrical tone poem by the Paris-based theater artist Philippe Quesne featuring his Vivarium Studio.

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The Amazing Play Sep 13, 2015

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.

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A Brilliant Dreamscape at On the Boards - The Seattle PI reviews La Mélancolie des dragons Sep 13, 2015

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.

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"Crackpot Charm at On the Boards" - The Seattle Times reviews La Mélancolie des dragons Sep 12, 2015

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.

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

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.

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Dragons & Ghosts Sep 11, 2015

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.

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A Visual Playdate for Adults Sep 11, 2015

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.

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Performance in 3 Words Sep 11, 2015

"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! :)."

 

 

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On Amusement Sep 11, 2015

Phillipe Quesne’s La Melancolie des dragons is a light-hearted and playful exploration of that which is opposite to melancholy: amusement. A group of heavy metal musicians stranded in the wilderness transform a winter landscape by creating an amusement park of the mind which they build and share with the receptive encouragement of the perfect audience member – a wide-eyed, maternal figure in a black Iron Maiden shirt and puffy coat,  who happens upon the band of men when their car breaks down.

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