Night of the moles
Concept, Staging and Scenography
© Martin Argyroglo
Once seven moles, digging their burrows, landed on a theatre stage. And suddenly the spectators could watch these underground creatures living, eating, sleeping, dying, working, giving birth, copulating, having fun and starting a rock band… Seven moles living together – a utopia for a supposedly solitary animal! La Nuit des Taupes plunges the audience into a parallel world, free of words and of humans, a world that was conquered by claws and pickaxes… but also an electric world that vibrates with the underground music we hear in our garages and basements. In this blunt and explosive show, Philippe Quesne avoids storytelling and concentrates on the essence of his work: exploring materials and the power of music, constructing spaces, and creating light that bathes his characters. In this plastic and cardboard underground, furnished with styrofoam rocks and wooden shelters, a precarious reality is transposed with poetic rage into the liminal and fantasmatic world of caves. Remnants of ancient myths, the atmosphere of social science fiction films, and the shadows of early cinema are blended together with a punkish glee. Philippe Quesne creates stage figures using costume and animals, and gives us a profoundly theatrical work where the scenography is in constant mutation. The moles’ resolute breakthrough has opened up a world of draperies and hidden doors, where artifice is revealed without losing its wonder.