The Melancholy of Dragons at the OCC


Fri Feb 26th 2016 to Sun Feb 28th 2016
Athens, Onassis Cultural Centre, 107-109, Syngrou Avenue

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The ground-breaking French director and visual artist Philippe Quesne comes to Greece for the first time with the iconoclastic production entitled “La Mélancolie des Dragons”. The performances will take place at the Onassis Cultural Centre from February 26, 2016 to February 28, 2016. A visual anarchist and an alchemist of the gaze, Philippe Quesne comes to Greece on the invitation of the OCC. The tragi-comic spectacle he brings with him is extraordinarily beautiful, unexpectedly humorous, and gives the word ‘melancholy’ a more positive make-over. In “The Melancholy of Dragons”, a battered old Citroën breaks down in a glade in the middle of an otherworldly, snow-covered landscape. There are six middle-aged headbangers in the car. An old lady who knows her way round an engine offers to repair their car for them. To thank her, they create a ‘recreational park’ with everything in their hard rock repertoire. Together, the alpine landscape, the hard rockers with the Metallica T-shirts and the rock ballad “Still Loving You” by the Scorpions mixed with mediaeval cantatas, form a surrealistic hymn in praise of the human race’s most bizarre achievement: friendship. The performance is addressed to adults and youngsters (14+ y.o. accompanied by an adult). On February 27, 2016 a theatre workshop and an after performance talk with Philippe Quesne will take place.

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