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L’Effet de Serge - Nanterre-Amandiers
L’Effet de Serge - Nanterre-Amandiers
L’Effet de Serge - Nanterre-Amandiers
L’Effet de Serge - Nanterre-Amandiers

Photo : Pierre Grosbois

Photo : Martin Argyroglo

Photo : Martin Argyroglo

Photo : Martin Argyroglo

7 avenue Pablo‑Picasso
Nanterre, FR 92022

L’Effet de Serge

Conception, scenography and staging

Philippe Quesne

5, 6, 11, 12, 18 et 19 décembre 2020
Duration
1h20
Location
Planétarium
Show created on November 2007 at La Ménagerie de Verre, Paris.

Every Sunday a man named Serge invites friends to his apartment to present a 2 to 3-minute performance piece. A cross between amateur practice and minimalist/nearly experimental art, these micro-shows performed in the setting of his apartment feature the poetry of ordinariness, celebrating straightforward creativity and the calm and joyful sharing of a passion.

Serge wistfully sketches out laser illuminated drawings, tests the effect of a contemporary musical piece, reveals the dream-inducing power of a car’s headlights. The purple carpeting of his living room, the table tennis table tops, the TV set placed in a nook, the opened chips bag and all the small objects scattered about the room now make up the familiar and unique landscape of a life shaped by the ephemeral, dense and compact time of those funnily dramatic effects. Performed for different guests each night, L’effet de Serge feels both controlled and spontaneous, a sensitive plate upon which each night’s unexpected events impress themselves.

This piece encapsulates the whole work of Philippe Quesne, driven by the utopia of a tight community. Conceived for actor Gaëtan Vourc’h in 2007, L’Effet de Serge has reached cult status, performing in more than 45 countries and regularly featured in the “repertoire” of Nanterre-Amandiers.

Biography