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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

La gioia

Pippo Delbono

18 > 22.04.2023

Pippo Delbono met Bobò in 1995 at the psychiatric hospital of Aversa. A born actor who could neither read, write nor speak, and who has since died.

Won over by a terrible melancholy and even a kind of despair, the Italian director begins a dizzying journey towards gioia, simple joy. Joy that suddenly resurges in life, the songs, the music, the dance step. What memory does the theatre keep of all these little nothings of everyday life? How to return them to their naked truth?

In La gioia, created in 2018, Pippo Delbono composes a dreamlike and floral symphony above which hovers the spirit of Bobò. On stage, the melancholy of the Tango, the notes of Nick Cave or the jazz standard Petite fleur by Sydney Bechet gently suspend time. While the artist/florist Thierry Boutemy makes flowers of all colours “rain” in torrents. The marvelous takes root here and spreads gladness and calms pain. Unless it’s our own. Alternately, Pippo Delbono in jeans and shirt, and the actors of the troupe dressed in fanciful costumes come forward and express their feelings, their tenderness. Baroque figures that build a singular universe, full of fantasy and consolation.

Memories, lives lived, love, beauty and politics all come together in the same bouquet. This is probably where La gioia gets its beauty, its overwhelming joy.


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Grande salle


Grande production


Pippo Delbono

Dolly Albertin
Gianluca Ballarè
Margherita Clemente
Pippo Delbono
Ilaria Distante
Mario Intruglio
Nelson Lariccia
Gianni Parenti
Pepe Robledo
Grazia Spinella
and the voice of Bobò

Elena Giampaoli

Floral composition
Thierry Boutemy

Light design
Orlando Bolognesi

Music creation
Pippo Delbono
Antoine Bataille
Nicola Toscano
and various composers

Sound operator
Giulio Antognini

Alejandro Zamora 

Head machinist
Enrico Zucchelli

Head of Production
Alessandra Vinanti

Organisation during the creative process
Silvia Cassanelli

Davide Martini

Production assistance
Riccardo Porfido

Technical director
Fabio Sajiz

Serge Rangoni

Emilia Romagna Teatro ERT / Teatro Nazionale (Italie)

Théâtre de Liège, Le Manège Maubeuge-Scène Nationale

Special thanks to
Enrico Bagnoli, Jean Michel Ribes, Alessia Guidoboni assistant of Thierry Boutemy and Théâtre de Liège for costumes and distribution of productions in Francophonie.

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