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La parade des taupes

Philippe Quesne

Where do moles go when they leave their burrows? How does Montreal strike their fancy? Join their parade!


Where do moles go when they leave their burrows? What strikes their fancy when they first arrive in Montreal? Join their parade! Before going onstage to present La nuit des taupes, these likeable little mammalian diggers leave their cosy caves to stroll through the underground in broad daylight. As they take in the sights, we become their pet humans. The city belongs to them.

From a cabaret to a garden by way of the subway, these unusual tourists will surprise and entertain, « repulsive » rodents transformed into charming guides, a metaphor for the disruptive artist who leaves his place of refuge to wander the byways, free from propriety and convention. Walkabout as utopia, a way to step out of ourselves, to encounter other realities, to hang out in the Quartier des spectacles with some furry critters. And to tame the animal within.


Produced by Nanterre-Amandiers centre dramatique national
Conceived by Philippe Quesne
Performed by Yvan Clédat + Jean-Charles Dumay + Léo Gobin + Erwan Ha Kyoon Larcher + Sébastien Jacobs + Thomas Suire + Gaëtan Vourc’h
Costume Design Corine Petitpierre + Anne Tesson

Co-presented by Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles
With the support of Institut Français (Paris) + Service de coopération et d’action culturelle du Consulat général de France à Québec in association with Carrefour international de théâtre (Québec)

Written by Diane Jean
Translated by Neil Kroetsch

Premiered during the Nuit blanche, Paris, on October 1, 2016


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Philippe Quesne (Nanterre)
Nanterre-Amandiers - centre dramatique national

Initially a visual artist and set designer, Philippe Quesne has a keen interest in spaces, objects, music and actors.

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