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Alessandro Sciarroni

Mercat de les Flors - Sala Ovidi Montllor20/07 - 21/07

Grec Festival

Joy, euphoria, emotion, but also sadness, anger, fear and even pain ... Laughter has many faces and an Italian artist, winner of a Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale 2019, explores them together with nine performers and the public.

The need we all have to feel unconditionally loved, but also pain, are the main  themes of a show based on laughter, not always in humor though. Its title is the name of one of the archetypes of the clown, the one with his red nose, who complicates everything and spoils everything. Funny name, both distinguished and imperial, for a character who considers himself crazy and synonymous with idiocy, and that perhaps hides the bitterness behind the laughter. This character gives title to a show where the nine interpreters on stage communicate only and exclusively, through laughter. Do they express joy? Yes, positive emotions and sometimes euphoria, but also fear, suffering, and even anger and violence ... Why do they laugh? Do not look for a reason, just watch them make loud laughs or draw shy smiles while they walk, while they run, when they hug or when they agree to laugh in an organized way ... It is a project of the European Creative Hub that has managed to involve creation centers from different points of the continent, among them the Grec Festival of Barcelona, the Biennale of the Dance of Lyon, the Théâtre de Liège and the Municipal Theater of Oporto.

Designed by Alessandro Sciarroni, an Italian creator with a sound experience in the scenic arts and who has been awarded with the prize in recognition of his overall career in the 2019 Venice Biennale. In Touch with all kinds of disciplines, or almost so, Sciarroni breaks boundaries among genres so as to use dance elements with circus ones or even some from sports. He explores obsessions, fears, weaknesses inherent within the art of performing and always searches for the màximum empathy among the públic and performers on stage.

A production of 2019 Grec Barcelona Festival, Marche Teatro Teatro di Rilevante Interesse Culturale, corpoceleste_C.C.00#, European Creative Hub – French Minister of Culture/Maison de la Danse grant for Biennale de la danse de Lyon 2018, Théâtre de Liège, Teatro Municipal do Porto, Centquatre-Paris, apap - Performing Europe 2020.

A project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Snaporazverein, Theaterfestival Boulevard, Theater Freiburg (Germany).

Co-produced by Tanzfabrik Berlin, Centrale Fies, L'arboreto - Teatro Dimora di Mondaino.

Alessandro Sciarroni is an artist associated at Centquatre-Paris and holds the support of, as a "focus-artist", of apap - Performing Europe 2020

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Author and director: Alessandro Sciarroni Interpretation: Massimiliano Balduzzi, Gianmaria Borzillo, Marta Ciappina, Jordan Deschamps, Pere Jou, Benjamin Kahn, Leon Maric, Francesco Marilungo, Cian Mc Conn, Roberta Racis, Matteo Ramponi (9 interpreters on stage in each performance) Musical composition: Yes Soeur! Artistic collaboration: Erna Ómarsdóttir, Valdimar Jóhannsson Movement and collaboration in the dramaturgy: Elena Giannotti Collaboration in the dramaturgy: Chiara Bersani, Peggy Olislaegers, Sergio Lo Gatto Laugh yoga training: Monica Gentile Vocal training: Sandra Soncini Costume: Ettore Lombardi Lighting design : Sébastien Lefèvre Technical direction: Valeria Foti Tour technician: Cosimo Maggini Investigation: Damien Modolo Promotion: Lisa Gilardino Administration and executive production: Chiara Fava Press office: Beatrice Giongo


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Discipline Hybrid scene

Dates and schedules Saturday 20/7 - 21:30 H Sunday 21/7 - 21:30 H

Space Mercat de les Flors

Duration60 min

LanguageNo words performance

Price 22 €

Directed toPassions

Other criteria International Coproduction


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