December 1-4, 2022

Júlia Barbany Arimany


Thursday, December 1st at 8 pm
Friday, December 2nd at 8 pm
Saturday, December 3rd at 8 pm
Sunday, December 4th at 8 pm
Duration: 60 min
Tickets: 12 euros ONLINE // 15 euros BOX OFFICE

with journalist Martí Figueras (Recomana)

Created and directed by: Júlia Barbany Alimany
Soundscape and music: Pol Clusella
Set and lighting design: Oriol Corral
Characterisation and make-up: Sara Manubens
Promotional photography: Roc Pont
Painting: Toni Molins
Collaborators: Núria Coromines, Carolina Olivares and Sara Manubens
Production: Teresa Vives
Coproduction: TNT, La Infinita de l’Hospitalet, Antic Teatre Espai de Creació and Nyamnyam
Support from: Graner – Centre de creació de dansa i arts vives, Culture Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya
Thanks to: Paula Vicente, Guillem Barbosa, Esmeralda Colette, Óscar Fabrés, Mariona Naudin, Andrés Duque, Núria Isern, Alba Rihe
Promotional video: Júlia Barbany and Pol Clusela
Promotional video editing: Lluís Margarit


In Diversión Obligatoria, humour is broken, the structure of jokes has been althered, and words, sounds and movements have been displaced. In this world of shadows, one character struggles between depression and diversion.

Starting from an investigation into humour, the title makes reference to ‘mandatory fun’, a strategy that supposedly improves a company’s performance with activities that make the workers feel they’re having fun.

Mandatory fun is therefore the portrait of a depressed generation that uses self-parody as a survival strategy. The new era of post-humour on social media sees existence as absurd and welcomes us to a new dictatorship of humour.

Júlia Barbany is a performer and creator of hybrid theatre who bases her work on humour and the limits of performativity that she calls ‘soft’. Visual arts and odd elements are important features of her work.

A member of the Las Huecas collective, she has collaborated on a range of projects as an actress and assistant director.  An Institut del Teatre graduate, she also trained in performance at Helsinki University. She is currently resident artist at Graner centre de creació de dansa i arts vives.

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