Encounter about HACIA LA ALEGRÍA
HACIA LA ALEGRÍA (VERS LA JOIE)
After awakening in the middle of the night, an architect sets off running through the city, through residential neighbourhoods and commercial districts, before reaching abandoned spaces, all the while having no idea what he's looking for, save perhaps relief. So begins Olivier Py's story, taken from his latest novel, Excelsior. Rewritten for the stage as a monologue for Spanish actor Pedro Casablanc, this clear-headed process of self-discovery is called Hacia la alegría and questions the inner vitality necessary to any act of creation.
Poet, novelist, director, actor... Olivier Py has lived and breathed the theatre since 1988. In 1995, he made a splash at the Festival d'Avignon with The Servant, An Endless Story, a cycle of plays lasting for 24 hours, before coming back time and again. He now serves as its director.
An actor and a director, Pedro Casablanc is well-known in Spain for his work in cinema, television, and theatre, for which he has received numerous awards. He often works in France, and is here working with Olivier Py for the first time.
Olivier Py author and director
Pedro Casablanc actor
Production Teatro de La Abadía
Coproduction Festival d'Avignon, Théâtre National (Bruxelles)
In collaboration with the Théâtre National Radu Stanca (Sibiu)
With the support of Programme Culture de l'Union européenne – Villes en Scène / Cities on Stage