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Written conceived and directed by: Pippo Delbono
With: Dolly Albertin, Gianluca Ballarè, Bobò, Margherita Clemente, Pippo Delbono, Ilaria Distante, Simone Goggiano, Mario Intruglio, Nelson Lariccia, Gianni Parenti, Pepe Robledo, Grazia Spinella and Bobo’s voice

Floreal composition: Thierry Boutemy
Music: Pippo Delbono, Antoine Bataille, Nicola Toscano and Various Artists
Light design: Orlando Bolognesi
Lights: Orlando Bolognesi
Sound: Pietro Tirella
Costumes: Elena Giampaoli
Set and Props: Gianluca Bolla
English Supertitles: Stefano Guizzi
Production Manager: Alessandra Vinanti
Organization: Silvia Cassanelli
Technical Manager: Fabio Sajiz
Every theatre work can become a journey, moving through different situations, moods and intuitions, catching you by surprise. To stage a piece on joy is a search for that singular circumstance, it’s crossing rivers of extreme sentiment (angst, happiness, pain, enthusiasm) to try and capture [witness] at last, in the instant, the explosion of joy. Pippo Delbono and the actors of his company try to push one step further each night in the direction of that unbound exaltation, this scorching intuition. So, bring in the clowns, the circus and its dance. And here’s the memory of a shaman who, through madness, sets souls free. Here’s tango’s melancholy chords, and stifled cries from the floor of the house. Here’s a bounty of visions chasing one another, forming and morphing and fading one into the next: hundreds of little paper boats; coloured rags, strewn as waves of that Mare Nostro, “Our Father Sea who art not in Heaven” of Erri De Luca’s secular prayer; up until the finale, that Pippo created with Thiérry Boutémy, the Norman “fleuriste”. Delbono’s actors go up on stage, one by one. The journey never ends, the kaleidoscopic wheel of image and emotion keeps on turning.
Performance in Italian, with translation into Romanian and English.

Production: Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
Co-production Théâtre de Liège, Le Manège Maubeuge – Scène Nationale.
Special thanks: Enrico Bagnoli, Jean Michel Ribes, Thierry Boutemy’s assistant Thierry Boutemy Alessia Guidoboni, Théâtre de Liège for costumes

      © Luca Del Pia