Happy 

2009

choreographed by Nigel Charnock
assistant choreographer: Janusz Orlik
performed by Barbara Bujakowska, Natalia Draganik, Bartosz Figurski, Maciej Kuźmiński, Janusz Orlik, Renata Piotrowska, Anna Steller, Aleksandra Ścibor, Karol Tymiński
lighting design: Ewa Graniec
technical realisation: Łukasz Kędzierski
flyer photography: Anna Zielińska
photography: Jakub Wittchen
produced by Joanna Leśnierowska/Art Stations Foundation
co-produced by Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Happy Project – A part of POLSKA! YEAR 2009-2010
Happy Project – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H4rvSKEYqw

My dream and proposal to make a theatre piece in Poznań was inspired mostly by the dancers that took part in my coaching project at Stary Browar. I felt a very strong affinity with Poland. My workshop was so successful and full of positive energy and excitement that I soon realized that I would want to return and create a work on the performers. I have been working now for more than twenty-five years all over the world so it is very unusual for me to discover a place where I feel a special need to work – but this happened in Poland with Polish people. In my work I use a combination of music, movement and text so it is ‘total theatre’. In the project I think I might use a lot of 1920s dance band music and sixties pop music. AND I would like to include Polish folk songs and I want to explore Polish history – particularly during the 20th Century. Happy is about: Looking for pleasure and avoiding pain. Getting what we want. Keeping what we have. Desire. Giving in to temptation. Addiction. Lust. Love. Sex. Agony. Bliss. Belief. Faith. Comedy. Tragedy. Laughing until you cry. Dancing until you drop.
Nigel Charnock, dancer, choreographer, co-founder of DV8 Physical Theatre