Instructions to Make Ourselves Unhappy
The performance is freely inspired to “Instructions to make ourselves unhappy” by Paul Watzlawick, a hilarious manual to learn how to make ourselves unhappy. An ironic mirror allowing us to look at the mechanisms we daily use to build our unhappiness – between the amusement and the discomfort of recognizing ourselves.
Direction and Choreography: Patrizia Cavola, Ivàn Truol
With: Patrizia Cavola, Rozen Corbel, Ivàn Truol, Marco Ubaldi.
Live musician: Marco Ubaldi
Original music: Epsilon Indi
Costumes: Mariella Visalli
Lights: Danila Blasi
Video Direction and editing: Sergio De Vito
Operators and Sounds: Marco Fiata – Mirco De Vito (Arimvideo)
In 2007 the performance was awarded the
“Theatre” Prize Città di Aversa 2007
The ways are unlimited: it’s possible to trigger off mechanisms that are useful to destroy our love relationship, as well as every human relationship; it’s possible to force ourselves to be faithful at all costs to ourselves, making it impossible to interact or to live in harmony with the rest of the world; it’s possible to live in suspicion and with mistrust towards the others; making barricades with our convictions and cultural laws, refusing everything that is foreign, different and therefore menacing.
So, the roots of the performance are:
– The attempt of transforming the others and life as we like.
– The anxiety that breaks the breath.
– The confusion about what we want and refuse.
– The independence and the need of love.
– The suspect, the mistrust, the influence that we want to use.
– The rage, the control, the absurd need to eliminate any risk and mistake.