Back by Popular Demand at A New Venue!
Danse Macabre: The Testament of François Villon is a one-person show with music and puppetry based on the surprisingly modern and relevant autobiographical poem, The Testament by the 15th century French poet, revolutionary rabble-rouser, balladeer, thief, a prototypical “protest singer,” and a something of a medieval “rock star,” François Villon. Villon’s poetry and his wild lifestyle became an inspiration for several generations of poets, and he’s
become something of a patron saint for countless counter-cultural young artists and singers all over the world, most notably Bob Dylan and the underground dissident artists and singers in the former Eastern Europe.
The play features the French-American actor, Jean-Luc Boucherot as Villon performing in both English and French. Music for the play is created and performed by “Musica Universalis” a medieval music band, and it will feature an eerily Heavy Metal-sounding mixture of early and modern music performed on medieval instruments. As Villon is facing his own death, he recalls his wild and unruly life, rails against the oppressive society, contemplates the ravages of aging, makes amends, jokes around, performs his ballades, and confronts his own “alter ego” in the form of a mysterious and shadowy puppet-like creature created by Robert Amico and animated by Briana Ratterman.
Based on The Testament by François Villon, translated by David Georgi
By Štěpán Šimek & Jean-Luc Boucherot
Directed by Štěpán Šimek
Music by Musica Universalis
Fridays-Sundays November 5-7 and 12-14 @ 7:30pm
The show will be open for seating only 30 minutes prior to the performance, and there is no lobby or waiting area, so please do not arrive early.
"The 2509" at 2509 NE Clackamas St. Portland, OR 97232
VENUE NOTE: This venue is a converted basement in a residential property. Please please park a block or further away to not impact the neighbors and walk to the destination. There are stairs down from ground level to the entryway of the venue.
THIS NOVEMBER RUN OF DANSE MACABRE IS NOT A Hand2Mouth Theatre production, nor part of Hand2Mouth's 2021-22 Season.
This Show is Sponsored by Ronni Lacroute