Ana Borralho & João Galante

Trigger of Happiness

Lagos / Lisbon, Portugal

Dutch Premiere

© Leonor Fonseca

Trigger of Happiness

Lagos / Lisbon, Portugal

Dutch Premiere

© Leonor Fonseca

Trigger of Happiness

Lagos / Lisbon, Portugal

Dutch Premiere

© Leonor Fonseca

Trigger of Happiness

Lagos / Lisbon, Portugal

Dutch Premiere

© Leonor Fonseca

Trigger of Happiness

Lagos / Lisbon, Portugal

Dutch Premiere

© Leonor Fonseca

Ana Borralho & João Galante | Trigger of Happiness

Searching for happiness in a disarming game of Russian roulette
Imagine a table with a revolver laying in the middle and young individuals sat around it. The pistol determines who can speak. About what? About anything normally only spoken of when nobody else is around: love, sex, drugs, fear, the future, their families. Crackling, unusual and extremely honest, that's what this Portuguese festival hit is that currently is taking Europe by storm. At every location they present Trigger of Happiness, directors Ana Borralho and João Galante invite young adults aged between 18 and 23 to perform in this disarming session of Russian roulette. With the revolver acting as game host, the participants answer a series of unexpected questions. Their specific answers are used by the theatre makers to chart a universal and existential quest: How do we find happiness? And especially: How do we find happiness in an unhappy society?

“By staying true to the reality and individuality of these young people, these makers offer us theater of flesh and blood. Rarely do we get so close to a real, human process.”

- Maarten Luyten, e-tcetera.be

Credits


Conception and direction | Ana Borralho & João Galante
Light | Thomas Walgrave
Sound | Coolgate, Pedro Augusto
Dramaturgy | Fernando J. Ribeiro
Stage | Alface (Cátia Leitão)
Stage technology | Gi Carvalho e Pedro Augusto
Technology assistant | Tiago Gandra
Performers | Susanne Hoff, Anna Bruijn, Jorinde Heesen, Alida van Hunnik, Yamen Erksousi, Kay Breevord, Kahly Roose, Ashton Leverock, Redmer Stamhuis, Fearle Bos, Tim Geerlings and Thorvald de Graaf
Production management | Mónica Samões
Production & touring | Andrea Sozzi
International touring assistance | Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil – CDN
Executive producer | Joana Duarte
Production | casaBranca

Coproduction | 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)

With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lagos, Espaço Alkantara, LAC – Laboratório de Actividades Criativas, SIN Arts and Culture Centre (Budapest), Companhia Olga Roriz

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