"I made the choice to bear witness to my own personal experience by presenting a theater of objects that assembles recurring elements that I have used in my plays for fifteen years now. We can recognize the bay windows from L'Effet de Serge and the mechanical piano already played in a number of my shows, from La Mélancolie des dragons to Crash Park, la vie d’une île. As for the rest, I began with the idea of recycling waste. A poem of miscellaneous scraps that allowed me to highlight what remains on the workshop floor before it is swept: from crumpled paper balls to pieces of foam or expanded styrofoam. Set designers are used to copying nature, perhaps that is why they are a step ahead when it is threatened. We have all been moved to see a windsock floating in the desert or a rusty wind turbine continuing to spin in vain. Microcosm is an end-of-the-world setting where only machines remain to testify to what humanity once was. Scenography imitates reality, with my music room, I summon small animated ghosts built with materials whose destiny was to end up in a trash bin. It is the idea of a world of extremely human feelings embodied only by automatons. A form of life that goes on without living beings."
Philippe Quesne. Interview with Patrick Sourd on Les Inrockuptibles
Presenting Organization ARTCENA, French National Center for Circus, Street and Theatre Arts, with support from the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français Prague, in coproduction with Nanterre-Amandiers
Curator Philippe Quesne