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Philippe Quesne/Vivarium Studio

La Mélancolie des Dragons

Part of Out There 2017

“A great, humorous, and deeply human, touching work.” —Der Standard (Vienna)

A hatchback has stalled in a beautiful snowy forest, stranding six metal-heads on their quest to build a hard rock–themed amusement park in protest of cheap consumerism. This deeply surreal fairy tale uses disarming wit and hints of magical realism—with the help of 1980s rock and medieval recorders—to celebrate the absurdity, joy, and wonder of human existence. La Mélancolie des Dragons promises a remarkably memorable, much talked-about theatrical experience. Conceived and directed by Philippe Quesne—one of Europe’s most distinctive performance-makers.

Note: Heavy fog will be used during performance.

Get More Out There

Don’t miss your chance to talk with the artists and each other. The lounge in the Cityview Room is open one hour before and after all shows.

  • Thursday
    Meet the artists at a postshow reception in the lounge.

  • Friday
    Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists.

  • Saturday
    Join the artists for Saturday morning Inside Out There Workshop. Advance reservations recommended.

In the evening, join a postshow SpeakEasy conversation, led by local artists and tour guides.

Save with an Out There Series Package

Ticket package includes all four Out There shows: $79.50 ($74.20 Walker members). Purchase a series package online, visit the Walker box office, or call 612.375.7600.


Support provided by Producers’ Council members Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David and Leni Moore Family Foundation. The US tour of Philippe Quesne’s La Mélancolie des Dragons is made possible thanks to the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Institut français-Paris, and FACE Contemporary Theater Fund.