Theater

FARM FATALE

By Philippe Quesne & The Ensemble

France | Germany

  • English with Spanish subtitles
  • 90 minutes
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An avant-garde production that uses dark humor and irony to ask what would happen in a new world, without the humans who have destroyed the planet.


In Farm Fatale, French director Philippe Quesne invokes rural life: something that, in this play, has disappeared and been abandoned by humanity. Only five scarecrows remain, the only ones who remember when there were humans and animals on the farm, now empty. All of a sudden, it begins to fill with beings looking for a new start, creating an autonomous and supportive community in which another kind of world is possible. As with his previous work, in Farm Fatale Quesne combines humor, the visual arts and a collage of images to depict the utopia of a better world at a time when humans are out of control and destroying the planet.

Director, concept, set design and costumes: Philippe Quesne | Artistic assistant: Nicole Marianna Wytyczak | Wardrobe assistant: Nora Stocker | Masks: Brigitte Frank | Lighting: Pit Schultheiss | Sound: Robert Göing | Assistant directors: Jonny-Bix Bongers and Dennis Metaxas | Script: Martín Valdés-Stauber | Cast: Léo Gobin, Stefan Merki, Damian Rebgetz, Julia Riedler, Gaëtan Vourc'h | Script collaboration: Camille Louis | Coproduced by: the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Nanterre-Amandiers National Theater Center.

Farm Fatale by Philippe Quesne is a bucolic and strange production, marvelously ingenious but also revealing the utopia of a better world: a world without people”.

—Deutschland Funk Kultur Radio

“Philippe Quesne is a magician (…) He creates his own worlds on stage”.

—Süddeutsche Zeitung

“No idea is too strange, no play on words too ridiculous, no gesture too trivial, no conclusion too naïve. With his small and democratic society of scarecrows, Philippe Quesne holds a mirror up to us all”.

—Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

— The destruction of the planet is an issue that is making headlines at the moment. The play uses the stage to imagine a dystopic future in which human life has disappeared. “The majority of farmers have committed suicide because industrialized agriculture destroyed their fields and herbicides are everywhere, even in humans. Even the insects have died: only genetically modified super cows have survived”, say the scarecrows according to the review written by Egbert Tholl for the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, called Enjoy the Apocalypse.

—Its director, French producer Philippe Quesne, is one of the most important avant-garde figures in contemporary European theater. In his work, Quesne aims to depict the relationship between humanity and nature by studying, for example, the behavior of a group of insects. That’s why his productions are conceived as actual ecosystems into which actors are inserted.

—It’s a production that uses humor and irony to get its message across, with staging that is reminiscent of a zombie apocalypse. “’What’s the point of being a scarecrow if there are no birds left? They’re all dead’, says one of them. They’re still sort of happy though, even though in reality they’re in an apocalyptic desert”, explain its creators.

—Münchner Kammerspiele: Known in English as the Munich Chamber Theater, this is one of the most important theaters in Europe. It was founded at the beginning of the twentieth century and has been the venue for the world premieres of plays by important European playwrights, such as Bertolt Brecht, Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Frank Wedekind.

—Dystopia: The Royal Spanish Academy defines this term as ‘a fictional representation of a future society with negative traits, which leads to human alienation’. Famous dystopias include The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

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