Ana Borralho & João Galante: TRIGGER OF HAPPINESS

31st August and 1st September 2018
Old Power Station
Ljubljana, Slovenia

In the frame of Mladi levi festival.

Ana Borralho and João Galante, Portugal‑based interdisciplinary artists who usually work together, are coming to Mladi Levi for the second time. Their credo is that art is a part of society, its changes and its problems. That art has to be transformative and must have direct contact with people. In 2013, they staged Atlas in Ljubljana, together with one hundred locals of all generations and profiles – a map of life, the world, the destinies shaped by people with their own stories.

We always say that the youth are the future of the world, but they are rarely listened to. But Borralho and Galante will create a theatre situation where we will really listen to them. The performance will be made with the help of twelve local young adults aged 18 to 23. Speakers take turns in answering questions or challenges on the principle of Russian roulette. And if we are talking about happiness, we cannot ignore its antithesis – perhaps not unhappiness, but rather those formative experiences which can often be unpleasant, which leave a permanent mark, and maybe even pave the way towards happiness.

Concept, artistic direction: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Performers: local group of 12 young adults
Light design: Thomas Walgrave
Sound: Coolgate, Pedro Augusto
Dramaturgical collaboration: Fernando J. Ribeiro
Stage assistance and rehearsal assistance: Cátia Leitão, Antonia Buresi, Catarina Gonçalves, Tiago Gandra
Production manager: Mónica Samões
Local producer: Mojca Jug
Production and touring: Andrea Sozzi
Executive producer: Joana Duarte
Produced by: casaBranca
Co-producers: Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Jonk – NY, internationell scenkonst för unga, Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil – CND, Le Phénix – Scène nationale Valenciennes pôle Européen de création, Le Boulon Centre National des Arts de la Rue de Vieux – Condé, S podporo/Support: Câmara Municipal de Lagos, Espaço Alkantara, LAC – Laboratório de Actividades Criativas, SIN Arts and Culture Centre (Budapest), Companhia Olga Roriz
International touring support: Nouveau Théâtre de Montreuil – CND

Foto: Didier Crasnault

90 minutes

The performance will be in Slovene.

Link to the project:


Bunker AltArt Foundation Maria Matos Teatro Municipal Artsadmin Parc et Grande Halle de la Villette Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival Groningen Santarcangelo dei Teatri Arts and Theatre Institute Festival De Keuze / Rotterdamse Schouwburg Walking Theory

Fond B92 / Cultural Center REX Balkan Express Institute for Applied Theatre Studies