Danse Macabre: The Testament of Francois Villon

June 11–28, 2020
Days vary, Times vary
Cost: $25; $20 Students & Seniors; $5 Arts for All
Antiques Warehouse
3442 SE 29th Ave Portland
OR 97202

The following description was submitted by the event organizer.

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 Stepan Simek

Music by Musica Universalis

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