Born in 1970, Philippe Quesne is a French artist, director and stage designer. He studied visual arts, visual design and set design in Paris. In 2003, he founded Vivarium Studio as a laboratory for theatrical innovation and collaboration between painters, actors, dancers and musicians. The dramaturgy of the performances developed and staged by Philippe Quesne is based on a strong interconnection between space, set and bodies. The sets often become working studios or “vivariums” representing a microcosm. His multidisciplinary performances were shown by numerous international festivals. Since 2014, Philippe Quesne has served as director of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers in a suburb of Paris, creating e.g. the productions Le Théâtre des négociations (2015) in collaboration with Bruno Latour, La Nuit des taupes (The Night of the Moles, 2016) and Crash Park, la vie d’une île (Crash Park, The Life of an Island, 2018). In addition to his stage work, he develops performances and interventions for public spaces and landscapes. In 2018, he directed his first opera production: Usher based on Edgar Allan Poe, with music by Claude Debussy and Annelies Van Parys, at Staatsoper Under den Linden (Berlin). Since 2019, he has been serving as curator of the French pavilions at the Prague Quadriennial.
In the past, Wiener Festwochen presented his productions La Mélancolie des dragons (2008), L’Effet de Serge (2009) and Swamp Club (2013).