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Farm Fatale by Philippe Quesne

September 2 @ 7:00 pm

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A performer in Philippe Quesne's Farm Fatale appears as a scarecrow playing an electric guitar. Press image courtesy of Performance Space 21
Photo by Martin Argyroglo

In this eco-futurist fable, birds have gone extinct, and five scarecrows find themselves out of work. Taking up the challenge of restoring life on earth — they archive, investigate, make music and seek ways to save what can be saved. Exploring the fragility and beauty of the earth’s ecosystem, they become dreamers, poets, and activists in a quest for a kinder, less harmful future for the planet.

A scarecrow has, by nature, all the time in the world, but what happens when the “future” has been reduced to a chimera, when crops, insects, and birds are only vaguely remembered vestiges of a vanished past? The scarecrows flap idly in the wind, waiting for something that will no longer return. They find themselves in a pristine, clinical and plastic space, where even the bales of straw have something false and purely artificial about them.

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Despite the grim prospects, Quesne says, there is something in scarecrow being that rejects entropy. Refusing to be discouraged, they forage for what remains of nature, listening to the ideas of a bee—bereaved by the disappearance of flowers, they set up a pirate radio to broadcast bird songs—worry about the denuding of the earth, talk to any creature they can find, and against all odds, begin to form plans. No matter how beaten down they are, they’re ready to defend any life forms that survive.

Philippe Quesne’s plastic and musical universe has grown even bolder since it was originally produced at Munich’s Kammerspiele. He has composed a dystopian comedy where non-humans inherit the mantle of humanity and struggle to resist ecological disaster as best they can. Funny and optimistic—or absurd and anxious, depending on where you stand—this game of swapped identities invites us to imagine other ways of living together.

Founder of the aptly named Vivarium Studio, French director and visual artist Philippe Quesne conceives of the theater as a place of temporary habitation within an artificial ecosystem, reimagined to observe a small slice of humanity with reinvented logic. Often developed in collaboration with his actors, Quesne’s works call upon the marvelous and the microscopic, the everyday and the unexpected, theatrical deception and the truth of nature. His other inventions include La Mélancolie des dragons; L’Après-midi des taupes; La Nuit des moles, and Crash park, the life of an island, presented at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne in Switzerland.

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Date:
September 2
Time:
7:00 pm
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Event Location

Performance Space 21
2980 Route 66
Chatham, NY
(518) 392-6121

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