Alegría is a mood, a state of mind. The themes of the show, whose name means "jubilation" in Spanish, are many. Power and the handing down of power over time, the evolution from ancient monarchies to modern democracies, old age, youth - it is against this backdrop that the characters of Alegría play out their lives. Kings' fools, minstrels, beggars, old aristocrats and children make up its universe, along with the clowns, who alone are able to resist the passing of time and the social transformations that accompany it.
Topped with a giant dome and decorated with stylistic columns and balustrades, the Alegría set is an imposing monument. The structure does not represent any specific building, but the dome shape is an architectural symbol of many powerful institutions, such as churches and government buildings.
Spiral ramps on both sides of the stage lead downwards, symbolizing the unknown. The stage floor is dappled with splotches of impressionistic color and light. On the floor, one can discern the head of a salamander, which lives in all four elements. The lighting is designed to reflect a nostalgic atmosphere, like that of a 17th century ballroom. The autumnal tones create the luminous obscurity of the show.