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LA MÉLANCOLIE DES DRAGONS
This performance contains the use of strobe lights.
512 West 19th StreetNew York, NY 10011
Tickets: $25 + feesRunning Time: 80 minutes
Photo by Martin Argyroglo
A band of longhaired metalheads decide that the snowy forest where their hatchback has stalled might be the perfect location to build a new heavy metal-themed amusement park. A helpful stranger is invited into their world of classic rock, medieval recorders, and large inflatable sculptures. An international audience favorite, this three-dimensional poem is full of visual wonder, joy and melancholy, and sincere delight in human existence.
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 that features painters, actors, dancers, musicians and animals. Quesne is currently artistic director of the Nanterre-Amandiers Theatre in Paris.
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Conception, direction and set design Philippe Quesne
Cast Isabelle Angotti, Rodolphe Auté, Joachim Fosset, Cyril Gomez-Mathieu, Sebastien Jacobs, Victor Lenoble, Émilien Tessier, Gaëtan Vourc'h
Technical manager Marc Chevillon
Stage technician Joachim Fosset
Light technician Emanuelle Petit
Production of the Tour Nanterre-Amandiers – centre dramatique national
Original production Vivarium studio
The Kitchen's presentation of La Mélancolie des dragons is made possible with support from the FACE Contemporary Theater Fund, The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, and Institut français, Paris; annual program grants from Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Co-production: Wiener Festwochen (Vienne), Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin), La rose des vents - Scène nationale de Lille Métropole at Villeneuve d’Ascq, Nouveau théâtre - Centre dramatique national de Besançon, Ménagerie de Verre - Paris, Le Forum - Scène conventionnée de Blanc-Mesnil, Le Carré des Jalles, Festival Perspectives - Sarrebruck. Région Île-de-France, Parc de la Villette and Centre National du Théâtre.
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