Ana Borralho & João Galante – Trigger of Happiness

(photo: Ana Borralho & João Galante)

Espaço Alkantara
artistic residency 5 – 17 January

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 is nothing?
What was the last App that made you happy?
Are insects taking over the Earth after us?
Why am I always right?
What if the Earth stopped spinning?
Do you prefer an Xbox or a Playstation?
Is it still possible to live in a cave with no electricity nowadays?
Why are there evil people?
Why are people always interrupting me?
Would you rather drown or be burnt to death?
Would you prefer a week with no internet, 4G, smartphone, computer, or a year without sex and masturbation?
Why didn’t anyone write me an email today?
Is the best thing of working not having plenty of time?
Why didn’t you call me?
Is it possible to love someone too much?
Would you rather have a zombie apocalypse or an alien invasion?
Why can’t you leave me alone?
Do you see what I see?
“Why is it that people press the buttons in the remote control harder when the batteries are running low?”
Wouldn’t the Earth be a happier place without us?
Why did you wake me up to ask if I was sleeping?
Didn’t you have something more radical in mind?
Can you see those little cows down there?
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?
Why are we here?

concept, artistic direction and space: Ana Borralho & João Galante
light design: Thomas Walgrave
sound: Coolgate and Pedro Augusto
stage assistance and rehearsal assistance: Alface (Cátia Leitão), Antonia Buresi
stage assistance, rehearsal assistance and technical assistance: Tiago Gandra
performers: group of 15/25 local young adults
production: casaBranca
production direction: Mónica Samões
production and touring: Andrea Sozzi
co-production: Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Lisboa/Portugal , Le phénix scène nationale Valenciennes pôle européen de création, Le Boulon Centre National des Arts de la Rue de Vieux-Condé, Jonk – ny internationell scenkonst för unga, Jönköping/Suécia, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil/CDN/França
support: Câmara Municipal de Lagos (Centro Cultural de Lagos), Espaço Alkantara, LAC – Laboratório de Actividades Criativas (LAR residência) and Sin Arts and Culture

casaBranca is a structure financed by the Ministry of Culture / Direcção Geral das Artes