Night of the moles
Concept, Staging and Scenography
© Martin Argyroglo
Prehistoric remains, nuclear waste and moles coexist under the ground. The living and the dead, the animal and the inanimate, all rub shoulders without hierarchy; human boundaries no longer apply. The underground was there before man, and it represents his future and destiny. It is in the underground that man takes shelter or conceals himself, being as much a safe haven as a hideout. Theatre itself, sheltered from the light of day, is an art of the caves: where memories of the past merge with possible futures; where illusions are the inverted images of the real. And it is down underground that director and stage designer Philippe Quesne situates his new production. This follows his previous creations, which also conjured up marginal, imaginary zones, where strange beings organised some kind of a life with whatever they had to hand. He conveys the way in which human communities are formed out of convenient, ready-made fictions. The possible lives that his characters invent allow them to share their time and space together, thus collectively arranging a habitable world. In Night of the moles, Philippe Quesne brings together a micro-community of giant moles in an artificial underworld and observes how they get along. They invent a world eerily similar to ours, and construct a practical hideaway from what they can find in the earth – scraps of myths and random, diverse waste. Living together in one space, they arrange themselves as best they can; bringing improvements to their shared lot or else the fear of what may come to pass.