© Leonor Fonseca

Trigger of Happiness

By: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Premiere: Le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de création (Vieux-Condé, France / 2017)

A deadly game in search of happiness.
Play as a source of discourse.
The party and the game as catalysts of joy, misery, intimacy and escape from loneliness.
A game of realities between sadness and joy.

What is the happiest moment of your life?
What do you see when you look at yourself in the mirror?
What makes you feel very small?
Would you prefer a week with no internet, 4G, smartphone, computer, or a year without sex and masturbation?
What’s blocking my entry into the world?
Is it possible to love someone too much?
Why don’t you kill yourself today?
Do you feel happy when you wake up in the morning?
Why can’t you leave me alone?
Do you see what I see?
Is it inevitable to repeat our parents’ behaviour?
Wouldn’t the Earth be a happier place without us?
Didn’t you have something more radical in mind?
Isn’t it sad that in the attempt to be truly ourselves we can´t make happy all those we are not?
What do you know about me?

© Didier Crasnault

Concept, Artistic Direction: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Light Design: Thomas Walgrave
Sound: Coolgate, Pedro Augusto
Dramaturgical Collaboration: Fernando J. Ribeiro
Stage assistance and rehearsal assistance: Alface (Cátia Leitão), Antonia Buresi
Stage assistance, rehearsal assistance and technical assistance: Tiago Gandra
Performers: Local group of 15, 25 young adults
Lisbon Performers: Diogo Cadete, Adriana Melo, Augusto Amado, Beatriz Garrucho, Beatriz Pires, Daniela Casimiro, David Andrade, Eduardo Molina, Fábio Anunciação, Fernando Couto, Filipa Nascimento, João Reis Moreira, Lídia Alves, Maria Matos, Mariana Sá Marques, Marina Leonardo, Melanie Marques, Nuno Violante, Rafaella Theodoro, Raquel de Lima, Rita Rocha Silva, Sara Jardim, Soraia Sampaio Dos Santos, Teresa Roxo e Vera Lagoa

Production Manager: Mónica Samões
Production and Touring: Andrea Sozzi
Executive Production: Joana Duarte
Production: casaBranca
Co-producers: Maria Matos Teatro Municipal (Lisbon, Portugal), Jonk – ny internationell scenkonst för unga (Jönköping, Sweden), Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil (CDN, France), Le phénix – scène nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de création (France) Le Boulon Centre National des Arts de la Rue de Vieux-Condé (France)
Support: Câmara Municipal de Lagos, Espaço Alkantara, LAC – Laboratório de Actividades Criativas, SIN Arts and Culture Centre (Budapest)