LIFE IS A DREAM [vv. 105-106]


Adaptation of the play by Calderon de la Barca

Adaptation and dramaturgy: Carles Alfaro and Eva Alarte


Directed by: Carles Alfaro



Perfomed by:


Vicente Fuentes

Alejandro Saá

Rebeca Valls

Enric Benavent




A king, upset by the death of his wife on the very day he gives birth to his firstborn, credits the interpretation of the astral sciences which determine the fierceness of the newborn and the consequent debacle that his reign would behave. Terrified, he conceals his existence by isolating him in a confinement of which only his most faithful courtier is concerned. However, thirty more years late, when it comes to naming and heir to his crown, he questions himself if he made a mistake and decides to leave doubts by testing the monster that has been feeding in the dark... While, accidentally, someone breaks into the cell altering the hermetish established.


Who owns your dreams? Who chooses his destiny? Can a man decide, at his own will, the way? Is it desire or is it reason, which guides and guides us? What distinguishes us from the beast that embodies our passions? How do we govern it?



Approximate duration

1h 40' (without intermission)




In a context in which state interests are imposed, we opt for investigate the transcendence of the perpetual confrontation of the individual against the public, focusing on the look of each of these four interdependent characters, in their cross-relations, in their tragedy personal and in the way in which they determine their social actions. 

The space-time divisions that the classic proposed, are merged here into a time and a space without a solution of continuity, where the perceptions are the result of the conjunctural position of each of the subjects involved, and of the interrelations that are weaving or disenganging with others. Thus, in this transit between what seems to us true and what seems to us unreal, it may happen that: the cell designed for animal repression becomes a palace; the prisoner becomes a prince and his jailers in subjects; the divine law reveals superstition; the beast show forth sanity: the sane surrender to the vehemence; the observer is spied on; the dream is confused with reality... and quite the opposite.



"There are moments when such symbolic power allows to see the real with a new clarity. The revolutionary optics surpasses any expectation in the version that of the life is dream is offered in the Teatros del Canal. The work of Calderón de la Barca is so sewn up to our age, without rebates or false winks, that you become a prisoner of this perpetual present: the corruption of the dream."

Manuel Rivas, El País Semanal


"For his expert hand, Carles Alfaro only needs four actors to represent this philosophical text that investigates the dichotomy between the life we dream and the one we live through Segismundo." J.L.R. Revista Metropoli


"Impressive adaptation of the Calderón de la Barca classic" A. Pérez


"An authentic jewel "La vida es sueño" by Carles Alfaro" M. Gabaldón


"The version of Eva Alarte and Carles Alfaro is true to the essence of Calderón" A. Martínez.


"Fascinating the proposal of Carles Alfaro on La vida es sueño" I. Ordaz


"Wonderful the direction of Carles Alfaro in the adaptation on La vida es sueño" J. Vaquerizo




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