"Don Quichotte" au Château de Grignan

Don Quichotte

The chronicle of a shipwreck foretold, based on the work by Miguel de Cervantes

“What I would term as ‘baroque’ is the style that deliberately exhausts (or tries to exhaust) all its possibilities and which borders on self-caricature.” Jorge Luis Borges

Considered as the novel of all novels, Don Quixote recounts the story of a man which decides to make a stand against the mediocrity of the world and who turns it into a phantasmagorical saga. Placing the holy book and the profane on level ground, the character of Don Quixote poses the question of faith: religious faith, faith in works of art, the power of creativity, and collective adventures…
With its narrator within the narration, stories within a story, and theatre within the theatre, Don Quixote is a work of multiple facets. It is, by turns, satire, sermon, homage, confession and form of amusement. All possible styles rub shoulders with each other, and are promptly overturned. By means of the reconstitution of a film-set – complete with dolly track, cameras, crane, and projector stands etc – the scenography becomes a “tool-box” which enables the actors and technicians to construct and deconstruct the performance of the piece. The idea of the artifice of theatre is pushed to the full, in addition to mises en abyme, and the twists and turns in the plot: by delving into the immense creativity, freedom and subversion at work in the novel, Dramaticules gives us the opportunity to discover a very real testimony to our times.