Democracy in America

There are no gods, but no politicians either... and we don’t know what to do or who to complain to

21 to 22 april 2017

The play is inspired on and is a free adaptation of the book of the same name, written by Alexis de Tocqueville in 1835, in which a young European bewilderedly observes the democracy of America. However, it is democracy in itself and not so much America that concerns Tocqueville and he studies it in detail to see if it is applicable to France. That was one of the first times that Europe stopped looking towards Athens as a source of political and human explanation.


This show is not political but it is controversial. It is the occurrence of what has never happened: the end of sacrifice, cult and religion  to see what comes before politics, that unique moment in which the gods are no longer present, but they have not completely died off. There are no more sacrifices but there is no politics yet, and now we don’t know what to do, where to go and who to complain to.

Version in Italian – Subtitles in Basque and Spanish

The team

Inspired on the book by Alexis de Tocqueville

Director: Romeo Castellucci

Executive Production: Societas

In coproduction with: deSingel International Artcampus, Wiener Festwochen, Montpellier Spring Comedian Festival, National Taichung Theatre in Taipei, Holland Festival Amsterdam, Schaubühne-Berlin, Festival d’Automne with MC93 Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis à Bobigny, Le Manège Maubeuge, scène nationale transfrontalière, Arriaga Antzokia Theatre in Bilbao, São Luiz Municipal Theatre, Lisbon, Peak Performances Montclair State University (NJ)


With the participation of: Théâtre de Vidy-Lausanne

The activity of Societas is backed by: Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali, Regione Emilia Romagna, Comune di Cesena.


Day 21. 08:00 pm

Day 22. 08:00 pm


from €8,50 to €25 /discounts

Applicable discounts:

Friends of the Arriaga: from 25% to 35%.

Groups, large families, under 30’s and over 65’s, people with a disability in excess of 33% and the unemployed: 25%.

Theatre professionals: 25%

Last Minute Discount: 50% (for the aforementioned groups, except Friends of the Arriaga)

Disabled people in a wheelchair: 50% (stalls in front of the stage and one companion)