Le Bonheur

  • Theater
Tatiana Frolova / Théâtre KnAM
Performed by
Dmitri Bocharov, Vladimir Dmitriev, Guerman Iakovenko, Ludmila Smirnova, Irina Tchernousova

A regular feature at the Célestins, KnAM theatre is back in Lyon with a new political documentary-style production – a piece that questions the very existence of happiness.

The KnAM theatre company was founded in 1985 at Komsomolsk-on-Amur in Eastern Siberia. Its productions wind their way through the national narrative that Russia is creating for itself, while director Tatiana Frolova collects people’s stories in films and interviews, encouraging them to give their opinion on their country’s past and future. After Je n’ai pas encore commencé à vivre in 2018, which told of the generations born in the USSR; after Ma petite Antarctique in 2019 which told of “emotions freezing over”, the director is back at the Célestins with a study of happiness.
This new creation shines an unforgiving light on complex day-to-day realities, and wonders why so many Russian people today are in favour of identitarian closure, why some of them believe that joy and happiness can only exist in a society of individuals who are all moving in the same direction.
Tatiana Frolova uses these fundamental issues as the starting point for a piece of theatre which is political and poetic. A piece from which a vital necessity emerges: to make your generation sit up and take notice.

Programmed as part of the Festival Sens Interdits, festival international de théâtre

  • International Russia
Running time
1 : 40

from 13 to 25 €

  • SHOW IN FRENCH AND RUSSIAN with French surtitles

Translation – Bleuenn Isambard / Light design and cameras – Tatiana Frolova / Sound and video designer – Vladimir Smirnov / Technical direction Sylvain Ricci

Production: Théâtre KnAM
Executive production: Centre dramatique national Besançon Franche-Comté
Executive coproduction: Célestins, Théâtre de Lyon
Coproduction: Théâtre populaire romand – La Chaux-de-Fonds – Centre neuchâtelois des arts vivants, Théâtre de Choisy-le-Roi – Scène conventionnée d’intérêt national art et création pour la diversité linguistique, Théâtre des Quatre Saisons – Scène conventionnée de Gradignan
Coréalisation: Festival Sens Interdits, Célestins – Théâtre de Lyon

Meet the cast: Thuesday 26th after the performance