Knots - Rules to be happily unhappy


According to the “United Nation Commission on Human Rights” there are around 100 million people that live in the street in the world. Unhappiness is painfully necessary. But what is unhappiness? Can we be sure of the happiness or unhappiness of somebody else?  In the performance “KNOTS - rules to be happily unhappy”, we compare our lives with Nina’s, an Italian woman that spent more than half of her life living in the streets looking at the eyes of the people that distractedly walked past her. Along the path of Nina we will know memories of a cheerful childhood, and her torments that tie her to her past through those that in psychology are called “knots”. The performance is the space of a memory, of a moment that has changed the direction of a life, transported to a new bed every night. It is being free, alive and present in every dark corner of the city as a transparent ghost. Through the deep knowledge of herself and an insane irony, Nina will reach the mediation among these two opposite feelings. She will reach a happily, unhappily life...


The performance presented in many International Theater Festivals all over the world (Russia, Sri Lanka, India, Egypt...) was translated and acted in 4 languages (Italian, Spanish, English, French) and won two prizes for the poetry and the social engagement.

Lights plan and materials:


6 lights for 64 with the possibility to position them on the floor

4 lights for 64 – two frontal and two lateral ones

1 backlight



Audio service is not necessary.


Materials to find on the spot:

2 not pliable chairs

10 pieces of cardboard of different dimensions

2 newspapers of the place where the performance is done

3 markers: red, green, blue

Words of the director:

“The performance doesn’t speak about something in particular, it presents questions to which every spectator can give its own personal answers. Sat all alone on the beach, listening to the song of the sea that the waves created in centuries of movement, Nina waits the return of the past, and she doesn’t ask herself if she is happy or not. It doesn’t matter. The whales make a long trip from the south up to the north of our planet and at a certain point they meet each other and sing, inspired by all that happened in their travelling. Not only the whales feel the need of communicate their lives, we do too. Happy or not, we can only judge with the relativity of time. The road, the direction or the crossing always follow default currents but sometimes “knots” can create deviations. The crossing in the creation of this performance was beautiful. The waves were strong but not too violent and this sea in which we plunged, presented us with many delicate surprises.  Sometimes we were confused and happily unhappy, other times proud and unhappily happy.”