Philippe Quesne [FR/DE] & Münchner Kammerspiele

Caspar Western Friedrich

Caspar Western Friedrich
Caspar Western Friedrich

25.03 – 26.03.2017

Artists’ studio for cowboys

Caspar Western Friedrich combines the narrative force of the Western with the dreamy longings of Romanticism. Drawing his inspiration from the lonesome cowboy and from the paintings and personality of Caspar David Friedrich – one of the most important landscape painters of German Romanticism – Philippe Quesne builds a studio of landscapes on stage. This artist’s studio transforms the actors into painters of their own being. Just like in Westerns, they recall memories around the campfire, which they interweave with poetry and literature from the German repertoire. Caspar Western Friedrich meanders towards an unreachable horizon as time flows calmly on. Quesne created the piece in January 2016 at the Münchner Kammerspiele with the actor Johan Leysen, amongst others.

• Having studied visual arts, Philippe Quesne worked as a scenographer for theatres and museums. In 2003 he founded his company Vivarium Studio. With actors, visual artists and musicians, he creates performances as installations or vivaria in which to study the human microcosm. He has previously appeared at Kaaitheater with L’effet de Serge, La mélancolie des dragons, Big Bang, Swamp Club, Next Day (with Campo) and The night of the moles. He has been co-director of Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers since January 2014.


with Peter Brombacher, Johan Leysen, Stefan Merki, Julia Riedler, Franz Rogowski | stage production Philippe Quesne | stage design Philippe Quesne | stage design assistant Elodie Dauguet | lighting Philippe Quesne, Pit Schultheiss | dramaturgy Johanna Höhmann | artistic assistance Leo Gobin, Elodie Dauguet | concept Philippe Quesne | support Goethe Institut & Federal Foreign Office Germany l produced by Münchner Kammerspiele l coproduced by Nanterre‑Amandiers, centre dramatique national​

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Mannen met cowboyhoeden, geruite hemden en cowboyboots aanschouwen een wolkenzee tussen bergtoppen. In Caspar Western Friedrich combineren Philippe Quesne en Münchner Kammerspiele de eindeloze landschappen van de romantische schilder Caspar David Friedrich met de woeste natuur van westerns. Dat resulteert in een ruimte die het midden houdt tussen museum, atelier en theaterdecor. Quesne: ‘Ik heb al vaak gedacht dat theaterscenografie een kwestie van schilderkunst is.'