Alan Alpenfelt Swiss performance and installation artist, theatre director and trainer, community & youth radio empowerer, record producer. 


2015 ︎

Directed by
Alan Alpenfelt

Gabriele Ciavarra
Silvia Pietta

At a time of global anxiety, terrorism, climate uncertainty and political instability, a young couple begins the fateful discussion of whether or not to have a child. If they think about it too much, they end up abandoning the idea; if they precipitate the decision, they feel it could lead to disaster. Having a child is a choice to be made for the right reasons, they argue.

But what exactly are these right reasons?? Their analysis shifts to the ecological topic of saving the planet and ensuring breathable air for future generations. What will be destroyed first in this gruelling decision? Their relationship, a prospective child, or the environment it should grow up in? Almost farcically, the point becomes the lung capacity of the two characters on stage. The fractured, elusive, comedic dialogue, made up of confused thoughts, recriminations, delusions, barbs and apologies, follows the protagonists along the convoluted trajectories of a difficult choice and its consequences; beyond, amid disappointments, break-ups, and reconciliations, time undergoes an unsettling and moving acceleration towards an unexpected finale.

Is there such a thing as the right choice for something that does not exist? How much is decided by reason and how much by instinct? Becoming an adult holds great ethical responsibilities, shattered dreams and, most important but most difficult of all: discovering the limits of one's capacity to love.


Funded by
Repubblica e Cantone Ticino
Cinema Teatro Chiasso

Past events

Teatro Foce

Cinema Teatro Chiasso