La gaviota

Based on La Mouette by Anton Tchekhov

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Chela De Ferrari

Pérou - Spain / Created in 2024

In this adaptation, the director and a troupe of mostly visually impaired and blind actors bring a very intimate touch to one of Anton Chekhov’s major works. The first creation of Spain's Centro Dramático Nacional at the Festival d’Avignon. 

La gaviota, Chela De Ferrari, 2024 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


This is a story of unrequited love. Konstantin, son of the great actress Arkadina, is in love with Nina, herself an aspiring actress who falls in love with Boris, a man of letters. It is a tragedy on the edge of comedy, which will end in a gunshot. And before that, all those characters will have been tormented by their desires and overwhelmed by their powerlessness, until everything seems futile... Accompanied by the Madrid Centro Dramatico Nacional, appearing for the first time at the Festival, Chela De Ferrari approaches The Seagull with a cast mostly made up of blind and visually handicapped actors. The Peruvian director continues to bring new blood to great works of the repertoire with help from performers who define themselves as disabled. By bringing the audience closer to their lived experience, she sheds new light on Chekhov’s play. 

En esta adaptación, la directora y un grupo de actores, en su mayoría con discapacidad visual, insuflan cierta intimidad a una de las obras capitales de Antón Chéjov. La primera creación del Centro Dramático Nacional de España en el Festival de Aviñón. 

Interview with Chela De Ferrari


With Patty Bonnet (Mascha) Paloma de Mingo (Polina) Miguel Escabias (Eugenio) Emilio Gálvez (Elías) Belén González del Amo (Nina) Antonio Lancis (Peter) Domingo López (Semión) Eduart Mediterrani (Konstantín) Lola Robles (Arkadina) Agus Ruiz (Boris) Macarena Sanz (Alicia) et Nacho Bilbao (musician)
and Nacho Bilbao (musician)
Text based on Anton Chekhov
Adaptation and direction Chela De Ferrari
Dramaturgy collaboration Luis Alberto León, Melanie Werder
Original music and soundscape Nacho Bilbao
Sound Kike Calvo
Choreography Amaya Galeote
Set design Alessio Meloni
Lighting David Picazo
Video Emilio Valenzuela
Costumes Anna Tusell
Accessibility consultant Lola Robles
Directing assistant Adrián Saba
Set design assistant Mauro Coll
Costume assistant David de Gea
Inclusion support Mónica Arenas, Sandra Gamero
Costume design Gabriel Besa, Eleni Chaidemenaki, Matías Zanotti
Costume rental Peris Costume


Production Centro Dramático Nacional - Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música (Spain)
With the support of the Cultural Olympiad, Instituto Cervantes, Groupe Crédit coopératif for the 78th edition of the Festival d'Avignon
Set construction May Servicios, Readest y Moquetas Roldán, Utilería-Atrezo S.L.
Performances in partnership with France Médias Monde

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