Welcome to Caveland!

Welcome to Caveland! is a two-part project in two stages. Firstly there is poetic fiction, with the performance La nuit des taupes. In a second phase, the cave becomes a stray installation. Like a travelling circus or a fairground attraction, Welcome to Caveland! treks from town to town seeking refuge in theatres and at festivals, finding room there for performances, workshops, and other activities. In Brussels, Caveland makes its first stop, taking up residence at Les Brigittines, this year’s festival centre, where an extensive programme of activities is proposed. The cave is an ideas laboratory, a safe and private microcosm, an open space for furrowing, excavating, and digging; a utopian place where dreams can come to life and the world can be viewed with fresh eyes. Come and have a look!

19/05 Caveland! Concert
20/05 Caveland! Salon
21/05 Caveland! Ciné-club
22/05 Caveland! Kids Club
23 > 27/05 A Day in Caveland! Artistic Interventions
28/05 Caveland! Dark Concert
28/05 Caveland! Escape
8 > 27/05 Caveland! Reading Club
21 > 22/05 Caveland! Underground Guided Tours
7/05 Caveland! Reflection Day: Protection
14/05 Caveland! Reflection Day: Underground Sources of Light
21/05 Caveland! Reflection Day: Stratification: Traces of Excess

See also
La nuit des taupes

Welcome to Caveland! is supported by
Fonds Culturel franco-allemand in the framework of EXTRA, in collaboration with Ambassade de France en Belgique, Institut français, Alliance française Bruxelles-Europe, Goethe-Institut & Botschaft der Bundesrepublik Deutschland-Brüssel

Welcome to Caveland! is supported by
Friends of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts

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After studying visual arts and spending around ten years working as a stage designer in theatres and for exhibitions, Philippe Quesne (1970) set up Vivarium Studio in 2003, bringing together actors, visual artists and musicians. He designs and stages shows that seek to develop a contemporary dramaturgy based on stage devices that are like workshops, a variety of “vivarium spaces” for studying human microcosms. The shows in their repertoire (La Démangeaison des ailes, 2004; Des Expériences, 2004; D’après Nature, 2006; L’Effet de Serge, 2007; La Mélancolie des Dragons, 2008; Big Bang, 2010 and Swamp Club, 2012) have been international co-productions and performed in several countries. In 2011 he created Pièce pour la technique du Schauspiel de Hanovre for the German theatre’s permanent technical team. In 2012, he was invited by the Pavillon at the Palais de Tokyo to create a stage form in collaboration with the ten artists and curators in residence. The same year, he contributed to HAU Berlin’s collective production based on the novel Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, with a specific creation at the Berlin Institute of Microbiology and Hygiene. In addition to this work, Philippe Quesne also devises performances and interventions in public spaces and natural sites, and exhibits installations during exhibitions. He has also published four short books: Actions en milieu naturel (2005), Petites réflexions sur la présence de la nature en milieu urbain (2006), Thinking about the end of the world in costume by the sea (2009) and Bivouac (2011). He is regularly invited to devise the artistic programming for events, notably the TJCC Festival at the Théâtre de Gennevilliers from 2012 to 2014. In 2013, he created Anamorphosis with four Japanese actors at the Komaba Agora Theatre in Tokyo, then Swamp Club, marking the company’s tenth anniversary. In 2014, he created Next Day, a piece for children aged between eight and eleven, at the Theater der Welt Festival in Mannheim, Germany with the production company CAMPO. Philippe Quesne has been co-director of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers since January 2014, creating in collaboration with Bruno Latour and the team from SPEAP the Théâtre des Négociations. In January 2016, he premiered Caspar Western Friedrich at the Kammerspiele in Munich and in May will be premiering Welcome to Caveland! at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts.

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