La casa del sordo


31. Oct - 01. Nov 2020


31 October: 20:45
1 November: 18:30


Teatro Koreja
Via Guido Dorso 70
73100 Lecce L.E., Italy

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Streamed on Facebook. See ticket information below.

The Deaf Man's House

A capriccio on Goya

We are in Bordeaux, in the house of a deaf man, Francisco Goya. It is the last night of his life. His lover for more than thirty years, the lively Leocadia Zorilla, unleashes her imagination and her memories.


Francisco Goya (1746-1828) is considered the most important Spanish painter and engraver of the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. During his long career, he was a committed commentator and chronicler of his era. He died in exile in Bordeaux, in France.


Dear friend,

We know very well that being on stage means speaking to the public. In the dark you can hear breaths, imperfections, coughs. You feel life. Theatre is presence, that is clear, but at this moment in time we did not want to give up such a precious and important opportunity.

For this reason we have decided to go on stage on Saturday 31 October at 8.45 pm and Sunday 1 November at 6.30 pm despite the absence of the public, as per the covid-19 restrictions.  

LA CASA DEL SORDO - a capriccio on Goya, a performance by Eugenio Barba with Else Marie Laukvik, Rina Skeel and Frans Winther, will be broadcast live. The streaming will not be a recording, but of the actual performance being performed in real time on stage on both days, exactly as scheduled and each night will therefore be different and unique. A strong and polite way to tell about our resistance.

Technology is certainly a tool that we hope can fill the momentary void and which makes us think about our future. We believe that this event can still be a ritual, although we are not meeting eye to eye, not able to exchange hugs or greetings, but still a ritual that we will remember over time. Another opportunity to be a community.

Each streaming session can admit 150 spectators, which is why we advise you to hurry up and buy your ticket.


Tickets will be on sale online at a cost of € 5 + commissions, on 

After the purchase, each spectator will be sent a password with all the details with how to access the event.

Organiser & Contact

Teatro Koreja
via Guido Dorso 48/50, Lecce • Italia
tel./fax: +39.0832.242000 • 244013



Actors: Else Marie Laukvik, Rina Skeel, Frans Winther

Text: Else Marie Laukvik, Eugenio Barba
Stage design: Else Marie Laukvik, Rina Skeel
Stage design adviser: Jan de Neergaard
Assistant director: Rina Skeel
Director: Eugenio Barba

Duration: 60 min.
Language: Italian 

A 2019 production by Masakini Theatre (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia),
Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium / Odin Teatret (Holstebro, Denmark)



The Deaf Man’s House is a theatre performance-capriccio about the biography and works of the Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Goya’s life unfolded during the political upheavals in Europe at the end of the 18th century, in the Age of Reason and Romanticism, the Inquisition and the French Revolution. He lived in a world of eroticism, exile and physical mutilation due to the total deafness that struck him at the age of forty-six.

The capriccio is an artistic genre which developed in the sixteenth century in music, architecture and painting. The German composer Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) called it “a kind of improvised fantasy gliding from one theme to another”. J. S. Bach (1685-1750) named Capriccio a composition where the various parts, freely combined, expressed the longing for his far away brother. Particularly appreciated were the 24 Capricci by Niccolò Paganini who inspired Liszt, as well as those composed by Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

In architecture the capriccio is “a folly to the eyes of the viewer”. It is an extravagant building, designed more as an artistic expression than for practical purposes, often in order to appear as a ruin. The building has no aim other than to be an ornamental object, created or commissioned for pure pleasure.

In painting the term capriccio is given to imaginative drawings, far from the predominant themes of the time. Artists like Callot, Piranesi, Tiepolo, Watteau, Guardi and Goya made famous this way of portraying reality. In Venetian painting of the 18th century the capriccio is the art of composing a landscape through the free combination of real and fantastic architectural elements, ruins from antiquity and contemporary aspects.

The Deaf Man’s House is a theatre capriccio on Goya. Themes from his biography and paintings are transformed by the art of the actor into a flow of physical decadence and creative vitality, greed for prestige, squandering of wealth, selfishness, inventiveness, passion and frivolity. It is Goya’s young lover who describes her life with the great artist. Her images, memories and comments conjure up the mystery of Art whose cruel truth walks mockingly over the dead.

Eugenio Barba