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Towards Happiness

Olivier Py
Direction: Olivier Py
Production: Teatro de La Abadía en coproducción con Théâtre National de la Communauté Française y Festival d’Avignon y en colaboración con Teatrul National Radu Stanca, en el marco de Cities on Stage/Ciudades en Escena
Approximate length: 1 h. y 10 min.
Sala Juan de la Cruz
November 12 - December 7, 2014

Lo sentimos, espectáculo finalizado


18 y 19 de junio, 2015
Del 7 al 14 de julio, 2015
Del 6 al 10 de octubre, 2015


"The tale of a sleepless night that inverts Plato's myth of the cave"

A man -portrayed by Pedro Casablanc- gets up in the middle of the night, moved by a kind of presentiment that leads him to get dressed and start running around the city. He is an architect who has lost the spiritual energy required for artistic creation. That is how 'Towards Happiness' begins, a new text by Olivier Py, the Head of the Festival d'Avignon, which he himself will be directing at La Abadía.

This lucid interior monologue is accompanied by a suggestive series of objects and shadows and the live music of Fernando Velázquez, the composer of various film soundtracks ('Ocho apellidos vascos', 'The Impossible'). 'Towards Happiness' forms part of the European project known as Cities on Stage/Ciudades en Escena, an ambitious international collaboration that focuses our theatrical sensibility on the theme of the city: as a phenomenon and as a symptom of modernity, as a journey of initiation and even as a subject for pure meditation.

A production created within the framework of Cities on Stage/Ciudades en Escena


Pedro Casablanc

Stamen Nikolov
Desislava Karamfilova 
Petya Kavalova
Albert Skuratov

Technicians on Stage
Jesús Arroyo
Giovanni Colangelo
César Esteban
Álvaro Salcedo
José Ramón Salguero


Written and directed by Olivier Py 
Translation Fernando Gómez Grande 
Set & Costume Design Pierre-André Weitz 
Lighting Design Bertrand Killy
Original Music Fernando Velázquez
Assistant Director Luis Blat
2nd Assistant director Andrea Delicado
Set Construction NEOescenografía SL
Acknowledgments to the Avignon Festival team for hosting part of the rehearsals process in the installations of La FabricA (Avignon)


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