Barcelona Cultura

Actes obscens en espai públic. (Maneres amenes d’esperar l’adveniment del messies)

Davide Carnevali / Albert Arribas

A bourgeois family is waiting for a mysterious guest to arrive, an intensely attractive guest, under whose spell all the members of the family will eventually fall. They will all experience this marvellous and at the same time terrifying thing called love. A love that, due to the impossibility of it being shown – that is, represented – is discovered to be ‘obscene’: in their loneliness, each member of the family will be forced to confront themselves and the consequences of their acts.

Davide Carnevali, one of the most renowned new playwrights in Europe, has been given the job by the TNC of confronting the ground-breaking force of Pasolini’s Teorema for the purpose of questioning the true political – transformative – capacity of the artistic gesture and the renewal of linguistic codes. Carnevali has reopened the play and has placed it in contact with its sources, the Holy Scriptures, at the same time attempting to establish a new dialogue with contemporary mores. This means making the play speak a full, lively and contemporary language: the aim is to create a debate with today’s aesthetics and language, which is what Pasolini wanted for his Teorema 50 years ago.

The staging is directed by Albert Arribas, who featured in the programme of the Grec 2016 as the author and director of F.R.A.U., a production bringing the literary world of Albert Balasch to the theatre.


An Italian playwright living in Barcelona with an extensive international reputation rereads Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Teorema and transfers its ground-breaking force to the stage.

A production by Teatre Nacional de Catalunya.

In cooperation with Grec 2017 Festival de Barcelona.

Show recommended for spectators aged 16 and over


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Davide Carnevali, Albert Arribas
Translated by
Albert Arribas
Albert Arribas
Written for the stage by
Davide Carnevali
Performed by
Mònica Almirall, Màrcia Cisteró, Oriol Genís, Antònia Jaume, Sergi Torrecilla
Set design and wardrobe
Sílvia Delagneau
Lighting design
Ignasi Camprodon
Sound design
Lucas Ariel Vallejos
Production assistance
Maria G. Rovelló
Plaça de les Arts, 1, 08013 Barcelona, Espanya

L1 (Glòries; Marina), L2 (Monumental)


T4, T5


Padilla, 159; av. Meridiana, 47


6, 7, 40, 42, 62, 92, H12, H14, V21, N0, N3, N7, N11


Alternate access for people with reduced mobility. Spaces reserved for wheelchair users. Reserved parking. Accessible toilets.


This activity is part of the Grec_Creations
Start date
End date
Teatre Nacional de Catalunya
Wednesday to Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 6 p.m.
Running time
120 min
19 €

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