JOY conceived and directed by Pippo Delbono


within the World Theatre Festival
This work by Pippo Delbono becomes a new journey towards “joy” which keeps on with his extraordinary group of performers with a renewed mood concerning the void left by Bobò passing by. Bobò has been Delbono’s faithful stage companion since they met in 1995 in the psychiatric hospital in Aversa (Naples, Italy). He has been Delbono’s main performer for over twenty years as well as the poetic icon of Delbono’s art in all the theatre, opera, film works they did together. Bobò will be still a strong presence/absence in and out of the stage in this journey toward a “joy’s hymn”.
Every theatre work can become a journey, moving through different situations, moods and intuitions, catching you by surprise. It’s not a show happening each night, it’s a ritual, an apparition, a unique gesture bonding who acts to who’s watching as they breathe in unison. To stage a piece on joy is a search for that singular circumstance, it’s crossing rivers of extreme sentiment -- angst, happiness, pain, enthusiasm -- to try and capture [witness] at last, in the instant, the explosion of joy. Rather than freezing into images, sounds, or stage directions, Pippo Delbono and the actors of his Company try to push one step further each night in the direction of that unbound exaltation, this scorching intuition. So bring in the clowns, the circus and its dance. And here’s the memory of a shaman who through madness sets souls free. Here’s tango’s melancholy chords, and stifled cries from the floor of the house. Here’s a bounty of visions chasing one another, forming and morphing and fading one into the next: hundreds of little paper boats; colored rags, strewn as waves of that Mare Nostro, “Our Father Sea who art not in Heaven” of Erri De Luca’s secular prayer; up until the finale, the floral explosion that Pippo created with Thiérry Boutémy, the Norman “fleuriste” who lives in Bruxelles and works worldwide. Delbono’s actors go up on stage, one by one. Taking the audience by hand, each in his way, they make of each one a travel companion, a part of this endless search. Personal stories, masks, clowneries, memories, all fleeting images of people [humans] reaching for joy. Thus every night is a dot on the map, every fragment of this piece a single step on the path. The journey never ends, the kaleidoscopic wheel of image and emotion keeps on turning. Each night, ready for surprise, to the rhythm of this company, on the path of this never-ending quest for joy.
from 25/09/2020 to 25/09/2020 hour 20.00
Pippo Delbono Company
conceived and directed by Pippo Delbono
with Dolly Albertin, Gianluca Ballarè, Margherita Clemente, Pippo Delbono, Ilaria Distante, Simone Goggiano, Mario Intruglio, Gianni Parenti, Pepe Robledo, Grazia Spinella and with Bobò’s voice
Floreal composition Thierry Boutemy Music Pippo Delbono, Antoine Bataille, Nicola Toscano and Various Artists
Light designer Orlando Bolognesi
Costumes Elena Giampaoli
Light technician Orlando Bolognesi/Alejandro Zamora
Sound Pietro Tirella
Set and Props Gianluca Bolla/Enrico Zucchelli
Production Manager Alessandra Vinanti
Organization Silvia Cassanelli
Technical Manager Fabio Sajiz
Special thanks: Enrico Bagnoli, Jean Michel Ribes, Thierry Boutemy’s assistant Alessia Guidoboni, Théâtre de Liège for the costumes
Production Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione – National Theatre
Co-production Théâtre de Liège, Le Manège Maubeuge – Scène Nationale
English version Stefano Guizzi
Photo Luca Del Pia
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