Le Jardin des délices

  • Show
  • Theatre
  • Natural landscape

Philippe Quesne

France / Creation at the Festival d'Avignon 2023

Between Hieronymus Bosch, environmental science fiction, and contemporary western, Philippe Quesne orchestrates a cheerful, retrofuturistic escapade to explore worlds yet to come.

Le Jardin des délices, Philippe Quesne Photo editing © Vivarium Studio


Welcome to Le Jardin des délices, a retro-futuristic epic that explores worlds yet to come. In the phantasmagoric space of the Carrière de Boulbon, Phillipe Quesne, creator of La Mélancolie des dragons, La Nuit des taupes, and Farm fatale, returns to the Festival to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of his company, Vivarium Studio. His team of performers, actors and musicians is ready to embark on an expedition through time to visit us, a journey inspired by the premonitory allegories of Hieronymus Bosch’s painting. The Dutch artist depicted the complete upheaval of mores, technology, and politics in a period of transition, between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. In the same spirit, and at the crossroads between medieval bestiary, environmental science fiction, and contemporary western, Le Jardin des délices explores worlds on the edge of ours, where fantasy and utopia complicate the relationship between nature and culture, and offer a playful response to the threats we currently face.

Interview with Philippe Quesne


With Jean-Charles Dumay, Léo Gobin, Sébastien Jacobs, Elina Löwensohn, Nuno Lucas, Isabelle Prim, Thierry Raynaud, Gaëtan Vourc'h
Design, Conception, direction and scenography Philippe Quesne
Scenographic collaboration Élodie Dauguet
Costumes Karine Marques Ferreira
Collaboration on dramaturgy Éric Vautrin
Assistant director François-Xavier Rouyer
Sound Janyves Coïc
Lighting Jean-Baptiste Boutte
Props Mathieu Dorsaz
Technical collaboration Marc Chevillon
Stage management François Boulet, Martine Staerk
Stage Manager Ewan Guichard
Video Manager Matthias Schnyder
Lighting Director Cassandre Colliard
Dressing Estelle Boul
Set Construction Ateliers du Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Production and booking Judith Martin and Elizabeth Gay (Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne)
Production Vivarium Studio Charlotte Kaminski


Production Vivarium Studio, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Coproduction Festival d'Avignon, Ruhrtriennale (Germany), Athens Epidaurus Festival, Tangente St. Pölten - Festival für Gegenwartskultur (Austria), Théâtre du Nord CDN Lille Tourcoing Hauts-de-France, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens Pôle européen de création et de production, Les 2 Scènes Scène nationale de Besançon, Centro dramatico nacional (Spain), MC93 Maison de la culture de Seine-Saint-Denis Bobigny, Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, Kampnagel (Hamburg), Festival Next (Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai and Valenciennes), Scène nationale Carré-Colonnes Bordeaux-Métropole, Berliner Festspiele, National Theater and Concert Hall Taipei (Taïwan)
Residencies La FabricA du Festival d'Avignon, La Carrière de Boulbon, Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
With the support of the city of Boulbon
Captation with the help of ARTE
In partnership with France Médias Monde

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