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

Thursdays-Saturday, March 12-28 @ 7:30pm
Sunday March 15 & 29 @ 2:00pm

Antiques Warehouse
3442 SE 29th Ave Portland, OR 97202


This Show is Sponsored by Ronni Lacroute

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