friday 1.7. and saturday 2.7., 9:30 pm, republic
the newest play by the successful french director philippe quesne begins, as the title suggests, with an explosion. creation on earth is clearly doomed; so six people are catapulted into nowhere, where they begin to recreate the entire history of humanity. using powerful images, purposeful gestures, and few words, the actors create the stars of this newly planted human cosmos. the play proceeds episodically, alternating between playful scenes, small rituals, and miniature musicals. the entire bizarre course of evolution is staged, from plankton to postmodernism; and quesne, the rising star and audience favorite of contemporary french theater, brings his special brand of humor and melancholy to the performance. quesne is “interested less in the answers to the big questions as in the people who look for them”, and this emphasis on the journey more than the goal is what gives the play its almost relaxed approach to the story of the world and the development of humankind.
meet the artist: philippe quesne, 2.7., 3 pm, argekultur
also on 1.7. and 2.7.: quesne: l’effet de serge, 7 pm, republic