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Philippe Quesne
Farm Fatale

Philippe Quesne

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  • Debates
  • Live performance
  • maison Folie Wazemmes
  • 1h30
  • Pass Latitudes

Farm Fatale

A handful of poetic scarecrows live in a world where human beings have seemingly disappeared, attempting to preserve what remains of the living. Farm Fatale is a touching post-apocalyptic tale, situated somewhere between melancholy and combativity. 

Five masked scarecrows, neither fully human nor puppets — live inside an immaculate white setting. The only remaining vestiges of nature are a few bales of hay which the characters use periodically for shelter. Hoping to not forget their previous world, they try to record the final sounds of animals, run a pirate radio servce and invent new utopias. Facing the world environmental threat posed by humanity, the activist-clowns of Philippe Quesne show us the damage, while not giving up on thinking about the future: their capacity for wonder as they contemplate the beauty of nature can now be counted as an act of resistance.


Thursday meeting with the artistic team.

Accessibility information:
Texts spoken in English with French subtitles, seated audience


PHILIPPE QUESNE, born in 1970, received his education in Visual Arts. For 10 years he designed sets for theater, operas, and exhibitions. In 2003, he created the Vivarium Studio Company as a laboratory for theatrical innovation and collaboration between painters, actors, dancers and musicians. As he did as a child, collecting insects, he now works and studies small communities under his microscope. The scenography is used as an ecosystem in which he immerses his actors into. His shows, such as La Démangeaison des ailes (2003), L’Effet de Serge (2007), La Mélancolie des dragons (2008), Swamp Club (2013), compose a repertory of tours all over the world.
In addition to his work for the theater, he creates performances and interventions in public spaces or natural sites, and displays his installations in the context of exhibitions.
Since January 2014, he has served as the co-director of Nanterre-Amandiers, National Dramatic Center. In 2018/2019, he created Crash Park, la vie d’une Île at TNB in Rennes, and in Nanterre-Amandiers, and Farm fatale at Kammerspiele in Munich. In parallels of his theatre works, he directs workshops and conferences in Art Schools and for accademic purposes.
He was the artistic director of the awarded French pavilion at the Prague Quadrennial in 2019.
In 2020, he created a scenic version of Gustav Malher’s symphony Das Lied von der Erde at the Wiener Festwochen (Austria) and the set design for choreographer Meg Stuart’s new creation Cascade in 2021. In 2022, he starts a new original work Fantasmagoria a play without actor with the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne as producer that will be created on May.


With : Léo Gobin, Anne Steffens (role created by Julia Riedler), Sébastien Jacobs (role created by Stefan Merki), Nuno Lucas (role created by Damian Rebgetz), Gaëtan Vourc’h
Stage Manager: François Boulet
Sound Manager: Félix Perdreau
Lighting director: Vincent Chrétien
Set design collaboration: Nicole Marianna Wytyczak
Costume Designer: Nora Stocker
Masks: Brigitte Frank
Lighting design: Pit Schultheiss
Sound design: Robert Göing, Anthony Hughes
Assistant directors: Jonny-Bix Bongers, Dennis Metaxas
Dramaturgy: Martin Valdés-Stauber, Camille Louis
Surtitling translation: Valentine Haussoullier

Creation production: Münchner Kammerspiele
Touring production: Vivarium Studio
Show created on 29 March 2019 for the repertoire of the Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich (Germany)

Tour 2022

Malraux scène nationale, Chambéry (France) Les 22 & 23 juin 2022
Festspillene i Nord-Norge – Harstadt (Norvège) 26 juin 2022
Centrale Fies – Dro (Italie) 1er juillet 2022
Festival Epidaurus – Athènes (Grèce) Les 10 & 11 juillet 2022
Tampere Theater Festival – Tampere (Finlande) Les 5 & 6 août 2022
PS21 – Chatham – New York (USA) Les 2 & 3 septembre 2022


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