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

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.



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