Farm Fatale - Centro Dramático Nacional

Farm Fatale

Created and directed by Philippe Quesne, dramaturgy by Camille Louis and Martin Valés-Stauber

26 JAN – 29 JAN 2023
From Thursday to Saturday at 8.00pm, Sunday at 12:00pm | duration: 1 hour 30 min
Language: show in german, frenh and english with spanish subtitles

Valle-Inclán Theatre | Sala Grande

Please arrive well in advance as the auditorium will be closed once the performance has begun.
To collect tickets, our box offices will be open from Monday to Sunday from 2.30pm to 8.30pm.

TEAM

Creation and direction

Philippe Quesne

Playwriting

Camille Louis and Martin Valés-Stauber

Cast

Léo Gobin, Sébastian Jacobs (part created by Stefan Merki), Nuno Filipe Gonçalves Lucas (part created by Damian Rebgetz), Michèle Gurtner (part created by Julia Riedler) and Gaëtan Vourc'h (TBC)

Set designer

Philippe Quesne

Lighting

Pit Schultheiss

Sound designer

Robert Göing and Anthony Hughes

Costume designer collaboration

Nora Stocker

Set designer collaboration

Nicole Marianna Wytyczak

Mask designer

Brigitte Frank

Photography

Martín Argyroglo

Producer

Münchner Kammerspiele

Co-producer

Centro Dramático Nacional and Nanterre-Amandiers

Producer

Synopsis

On the border between human and puppet, peasant and scarecrow, the five masked characters of Farm Fatale appear and settle against a spotless white background.

The audience is then taken into a world that is very evocative of the farm, where a group of scarecrow poets live and run an independent radio station, sing, play music, invent slogans and sometimes wax philosophical. Masked and speaking in distorted voices, these contemplative clowns in tune with the pulses of the planet may turn out to be somewhat familiar. In fact, these men and women advocating for a better world are mostly dreamers, poets and activists with a charming and intoxicating tendency to marvel at the beauty and diversity of nature. These are disarmingly funny and kind heroes who live at vegetable or plant level and who are somehow trying to get away from a rampant capitalism that destroys forests, lands, and oceans, and to save the many lives of those teeming, speaking, poeticising and thinking around us.

TEAM

Creation and direction

Philippe Quesne

Playwriting

Camille Louis and Martin Valés-Stauber

Cast

Léo Gobin, Sébastian Jacobs (part created by Stefan Merki), Nuno Filipe Gonçalves Lucas (part created by Damian Rebgetz), Michèle Gurtner (part created by Julia Riedler) and Gaëtan Vourc'h (TBC)

Set designer

Philippe Quesne

Lighting

Pit Schultheiss

Sound designer

Robert Göing and Anthony Hughes

Costume designer collaboration

Nora Stocker

Set designer collaboration

Nicole Marianna Wytyczak

Mask designer

Brigitte Frank

Photography

Martín Argyroglo

Producer

Münchner Kammerspiele

Co-producer

Centro Dramático Nacional and Nanterre-Amandiers

Biography

Philippe Quesne

Philippe Quesne

He trained in visual arts before creating stage sets for theatre and opera. In 2003 he created the company Vivarium Studio and produced shows that went around the world:  La Démangeaison des wings (2006), D’après nature (2006), L’Effet de Serge (2007), La Mélancolie des dragons (2008), Big Bang (2010), El club del pantano (2013). Since 2014, he has been directing Nanterre-Amandiers, at the Centro Dramático Nacional, where he created Le Théâtre desnegociations (2015) with Bruno Latour and his team, La Nuit des taupes (2016) and Crash Park, la vie d’une île.  (2018). He designs performances and installations for exhibitions, notably including the Lyon Biennale in 2017 and 2019.

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Abroad, he created Caspar Western Friedrich (2016), Farm Fatale (2019) at the Kammerspiele in Munich and staged the opera Usher (2018) at the Staatsoper in Berlin. In 2019, his installation Microcosm won the Country Pavilion award at the Prague Quadrennial; Philippe Quesne designs the Parcours Jean-Luc Godard/Image Book at Nanterre-Amandiers. In 2020, he designed the set for shows by Gwenaël Morin, Le Théâtre et son double, and choreographer Meg Stuart, Cascade. In 2021, he created a new piece of science fiction, Cosmic Drama, at the Theatre Basel and Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler with the Klangforum in Vienna at the Wiener Festwochen.

© Martín Argyroglo

Producer