HAPPYOLOGY – TEARS OF JOY
Can theatre make people happy? In HAPPYOLOGY you can try this out! Three performers join the audience for an expedition into the shallows of life coaching, well-being courses and positive psychology.
Special on 21.06. after the second performance:
Audience discussion in English and German with the artist and Bianca Liebrand, psychological counsellor for Sekten-Info Nordrhein-Westfalen e.V. Chaired by: Katja Grawinkel-Claassen, dramaturg FFT Düsseldorf
In a high performance society it is not a private matter whether one faces the world optimistically or not. Because only people who are full of positive energy can deliver performance and free the solidary community from the task of cushioning potential failure. This social pressure has given rise to a hige array of workshops, training and coaching sessions that sell physical work and auto suggestion as the key to happiness. In the logic of these techniques a successful life is the direct result of invidual effort and is never the responsibility of others and certainly not that of the system as a whole.
Dragana Bulut and her two performers take to the stage as coaches and trainers and together with the audience try out various techniques to increase the well-being of both body and soul, for example the ‘power stand’: spend several minutes every day in a Superman pose, and see how it increases your self-confidence! A show about the ideology of self-improvement and how happiness has been instrumentalised.
Concept, artistic direction, choreography, performance: Dragana Bulut
By and with: Andrew Hardwidge, Kareth Schaffer (replaced in the performances for the Impulse Theater Festival by Dani Brown)
Dramaturgy: Ana Vujanović
Lighting design: Joseph Wegmann
Sound design: Neda Sanai
Artistic assistance: Helen Schröder
Press and production: björn & björn
Contact for touring enquiries: björn & björn, hello[a]bjoernundbjoern.de; Dragana Bulut, draganabulut[a]gmail.com
A production by Dragana Bulut. Co-produced by HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa. With support from PACT Zollverein Essen and Station Service for Contemporary Dance Belgrade.
Dani Brown was born and raised in Rochester, NY, USA. After various, shall we say, cultural exchanges Dani completed her Bachelor of Dance, specialization Dance Maker at the ArtEZ College of Art in Arnhem in the Netherlands. Today she calls Berlin home and works internationally as a choreographer, performer, researcher and teacher. Her work and collaborations have been presented worldwide. She likes her job.
Dragana Bulut graduated with an MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz of the Universität der Künste Berlin. Since 2005 she has developed her own choreographic work, in which she questions different configurations of aesthetics, labour and economics through the staging of social choreographies. For her playful, yet critical pieces she won the Prix Jardin d’Europe 2010 European Prize for Young Choreographers. In 2013/15 she was Artist-in-Residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude.
Andrew Hardwidge works predominately with dancing and choreography. His works entangle different stories, processes and embodiments through a parasitic practice of performance making, collaboration, interpretation, hosting, research, video, performing and writing. As a performer Andrew currently works with Dragana Bulut, Joe Moran, Stav Yeni, Adam Linder and Ligia Lewis and previously with a. o. Tino Sehgal, Arcade Fire, Dan Graham, Choy Ka Fai and Jose Luis Vidal.
Neda Sanai is a DJ & and producer who moves in the queer underground scene of Europe. With their mixing of different club genres, including rap, R&B, bass music, Jersey club, 2 step, all mixed up in an ocean of twisted pop acappella, the vibe is always intense-warped-sexy. They are a resident DJ for ByteFM Female:Pressure radio show and has hosted several shows at Berlin Community Radio. As Nedalot they have opened for acts like DIPLO, A.G Cook and Zebra Katz and also arrange underground queer club nights in Berlin where usually music, art and politics meet. They have worked for artists such as CocoRosie on the album ‘Grey Ocean’, Massimiliano Pagliara’s EP ‘Toxic Love’ and on the debut album ‘Tessa’ by DJ tINI.
Kareth Schaffer is a choreographer and performer. Her works include a. o. a diptych about the tragic heroine Cassandra (‘Cassandra Has Turned ½’, 2017/18), an examination of foley as a choreographic tool (‘Unheard Of’, 2016) and a conceptual mudwrestling tournament with 100,000 views on YouTube. She was named “New Talent 2016” and nominated for “Female Dancer of the Year 2018” in the yearbook of ‘tanz’ magazine. In 2018 she was awarded the Pina Bausch Fellowship in cooperation with Mekar Bhuana Center in Denpasar, Bali. She has worked with and for artists such as deufert&plischke, Tino Sehgal, Stefanie Wenner, Christian Falsnaes, Dragana Bulut and Roni Katz.
Joseph Wegmann studied directing and design at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He worked as a lighting and media designer in collaboration with various companies and developed work that sought to break down narrative theatrical forms, telling stories instead through visuals, the sensory and rhythm. Currently, he works as a designer with Ariel Efraim Ashbel and friends, Kareth Schaffer, Ligia Lewis and Dragana Bulut, and as a production manager under the label björn & björn. He developed showings at English Theatre Berlin, and most recently, ‘dissociate’ was shown as a work-in-progress as part of Dirty Debüt at Sophiensaele Berlin.