“Capitalism kills love”

—Claire Fontaine

In the year 2009 the Claire Fontaine collective writes this maxim in big neon letters, in a very revealing artistic installation. This simple thesis inspires one of the starting points of El sur de Europa. Días de amor difíciles. Three love and rage stories take place, maybe even at the same time, in some beautiful and painful city in the south of Europe.

We see ourselves as ancient musicians that keep playing while everything sinks. We understand Europe as a great symphony that we can no longer control, and theatre as a brief interruption to the concert. The scene as the only place in which we can still talk without awaiting for our turn, and do things our own way.

We have this strange habit, working about the unknown and we never understand the mystery that a play keeps inside until the years go by. These days of tough love have a lot to do with turning back to the origin, with singing again our first song, stepping again on the first stage. And every time the curtain opens, something new appears.

El Mundo

“A political piece that isn’t biased, romantic and at the same time intense and distressing, wrote by an innocent but lucid hand.”

Liz Perales


“I don’t know what García Lorca, Alberti or Cernuda felt during the homage to Góngora at the Seville Ateneo in 1927. Nor what Chabrol, Godard, Truffaut or Rohmer felt after the premiere of “The four hundred blows” at Cannes 1958. But it might have been something similar to what we felt when we saw the last piece by La tristura.”

Elena López

El Mundo

“El sur de Europa is a big success for La tristura, one of the Spanish troupes holding more creative force and deeper understanding of what real theatre is.”

Luis María Ansón

Opened February the 9th, 2013, at Escena Contemporánea Festival, Madrid

Creation: Itsaso Arana, Violeta Gil and Celso Giménez
On Stage: Rafa Alberola, Itsaso Arana, Chiara Bersani, Javier Calvo/Víctor Iriarte, Abraham Boba/Nilo Gallego, Violeta Gil, Pablo Gisbert and Celso Giménez/Pablo Und Destruktion
Light design and technical coordination: Eduardo Vizuete

Art and setting: Ana Muñiz
Photo and documentation: Mario Zamora
With the support by: Programa Artistas en Residencia Bilbaoeszena, Centro de Creación Azala, Centro Párraga, La Cabrera, Festival Sismo, Teatro Pradillo, Matadero Madrid and Escena Contemporánea