"Crash Park": Philippe Quesne's treasure island

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Two years ago, Philippe Quesne orchestrated a "bololo" of rocky moles in an impressive cave setting. The director of Nanterre-Amandiers embarks us today on a deserted island in the middle of the ocean, where the survivors of an air crash have taken refuge. Our modern Robinson will make a surreal playground of this rocky mound, a "Crash Park". Their survival is not an end in itself, but a (re) beginning – rather happy …

The beginnings of the air disaster are mentioned in a prologue. Videos show passengers ingesting their meal trays and then restless sleep, while actors in the room are lugging the model of a staggering plane. When the curtain rises, the crash has already occurred, creating excitement among the animals on the island (resembling the moles of the previous show), encouraged to disappear before any human intrusion.

Jedi actors

One by one, the eight comedians-survivors will climb out of the cabin and join reefs, then swim or with a rope the end of the earth saving. With water flooding the plateau, a wooded island on a spinning wheel, painted tarps in the background and subtly dreamlike lights, Philippe Quesne creates a poetic and kitsch world, between master painting and Disney. His cast of actors "Jedi" (as he calls them) lives with a fancy without brake.

The funny skits follow one another: exploration in the carousel mode (the island turning on itself), feast of fake bananas and coconuts, discovery of a skeleton, songs and dances, dressed in foliage. Soon a bar opens in a cave … then a discotheque. The music is omnipresent, passing from the B.O. disaster movies to Chopin and Debussy or reggae. Thunderstorm, volcanic eruption, fight with a giant octopus … The playful "Struggle for life" is sometimes tinged with dread or melancholy. Until this delirious end where the decor is deconstructed before our eyes for a new metamorphosis: boned, the island turns into a spaceship on the background of "Fly me to the Moon" of Sinatra …

Once again, Philippe Quesne implodes the codes of the theater in this "Crash Park" without a real plot, but full of stories, where offbeat humor is king, where the vagabond time stretches at will. The spectator finds his lost child's soul of a catastrophe world and tastes this ultimate escape towards an island whose treasure would be humanity found again.

Crash Park, the life of an island

Philippe Quesne

Nanterre-Amandiers (01 46 14 70 00).

From November 20th to December 9th. 1:45