A hunting expedition
The U.S. Declaration of Independence famously insists on the rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” But is it really possible to hunt for happiness? Where does this strange beast reside? And how does our quest depend on the people around us?
We believe that dance is a powerful technology of mood: a tool for reflection, emotional manipulation, catharsis and ecstasy. And we believe that a dance performance is an excellent place to look for answers to life’s questions. Both the performers and the audience members join in on the search — by examining their own basic needs, witnessing each other’s struggles, and trying out different paths to fulfillment.
“The Pursuit of Happiness” features an unusual seating arrangement (similar to what we developed for our 2018 production “Romeo, Romeo, Romeo“) with the audience arranged on all four sides of the stage. This provides a high-definition viewing experience, a feeling of community, an unusual degree of intimacy, and the possibility of direct interactions with the performers.
We have high hopes for the results. But we’re also fully aware of the difficulty — perhaps even the absurdity — of our endeavor. John Stuart Mill once suggested that “not seeking happiness and being able to do without it is the most reliable way of attaining it.” Can we ever really know or predict what will make us happy? Isn’t the very essence of theatrical pleasure to leave the audience with a terrible hunger and emptiness once it’s over?
Verein Tough Love
WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS
SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern
Kultur Stadt Bern
Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Stiftung Anne-Marie Schindler
Else v. Sick Stiftung
17 April 2021 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH) — try-out
22 April 2021 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH) — try-out
23 April 2021 — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH) — try-out
24 April 2021 (2x) — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH) — try-out
24 June 2021 (2x) — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH) — premiere
25 June 2021 (2x)— Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)
26 June 2021 (2x) — Dampfzentrale Bern (CH)
24 July 2021 (2x) — Heimland Festival, Diepenheim (NL)
25 July 2021 (2x) — Heimland Festival, Diepenheim (NL)
7 August 2021 — La plage des Six Pompes, La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH)
8 August 2021 — La plage des Six Sompes, La Chaux-de-Fonds (CH)