Philippe Quesne. La Nuit Des Taupes

At the Kaaitheater, in the framework of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts

From 6 to 9 May 2016

© Martin Argyroglo

Philippe Quesne is a guest of honour at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts this year. The idiosyncratic theatre maker has a visual arts background, and since 2014 has participated in the running of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers. In May 2016, Quesne comes to Brussels with the world premiere of a new piece. La nuit des taupes plunges the audience into a world of allegorical giant moles and other fantastical creatures who have sought refuge there. An arts centre threatened with closure goes underground, into a space that is a cross between a prehistoric settlement, a fallout shelter, and Plato’s cave. In the cave, an ‘ecosophical’ theatre is inscribed, where the human perspective is balanced against that of the animal. With La nuit des taupes, Philippe Quesne links into the genre of social science-fiction. He makes of the theatre a utopian refuge and takes the audience on a journey to the centre of the earth, where dreams can stimulate the consciousness. How does our own world look from the cave?

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At the initiative of the Service for Cooperation and Cultural Action of the Embassy of France in Belgium and in partnership with the Institut Français and the Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe, EXTRA gathers numerous Belgian cultural partners around a journey through the French contemporary art, combining visual arts and live show. Designed as a label, EXTRA takes place from February to May 2016, in Brussels, Strombeek and Leuven.