Art Stations Foundation

Happy

The idea of “Happy” - a dance show choreographed by Nigel Charnock (with participation of 9 Polish dancers) was born during an intensive improvisational project for young Polish choreographers, which took place in Poznan's Old Brewery in March 2008.

“Happy” has been situated in the context of a Polish village – not any realistic one but rather as imagined by the spectacle's choreographer. From this perspective, the place acquires a more general sense – it's taken somewhere between traditional folklore and a “modern vision”, becoming a perfect background for the presentation vivid scenes of and stereotypical behaviors seen with an outsider's eye. It becomes a kind of symbol which could stand for any place in the world, not necessarily in Poland. The spectacle draws inspiration form surrounding reality and contrasts between “now” and “then”. Balancing on this bipolar dichotomy, the Polish dancers add a blend of their original styles to Charnock's choreographic visions. The stage pulsates with energy, instigated by the choreographer – generated by the dancers. Through their expression of “Polishness” in dance, they can become the best example of what “being Polish” means to all of us today. Pieces of Polish (but not only) folk music (traditional and modern) perfectly attuned to the action on stage, infuse the show with incredible energy and color. Nine young dancers create vivid images, which reveal clear marks of Nigel Charnock's style recognizable in all parts of the world – a characteristic blend that combines hyperdynamic, at times even violent, movement with a sense of lyricism and metaphysical depth… and humor too – but only on the surface level.

concept / choreography: Nigel Charnock
choreographer's assistant: Janusz Orlik
light design: Ewa Garniec
sound: Łukasz Kędzierski
dancers: Basia Bujakowska, Natalia Draganik, Bartek Figurski, Maciej Kuźmiński, Janusz Orlik, Renata Piotrowska, Ania Steller, Aleksandra Ścibor, Karol Tymiński
production / touring: Joanna Leśnierowska / Art Stations Foundation
co-production: Adam Mickiewicz Institute / Happy Project - A part of POLSKA! YEAR 2009-2010, A BRITISH FESTIVAL OF POLISH ART AND CULTURE (www.polskayear.pl)
Dates

Premiere
March 14th, 2009, Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań, Poland

March 15th, 2009, Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań, Poland

April 7th, 2009, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London, United Kingdom
Polska! Year

April 8th, 2009, The Place: Robin Howard Dance Theatre, London, United Kingdom
Polska! Year

June 23rd, 2009, Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań, Poland
Old Brewery New Dance at Malta Festival 2009

December 20th, 2009, Teatr Wybrzeże, Gdańsk, Poland

June 10th, 2010, Ponec, Prague, Czech Republic
Tanec Praha

June 12th, 2010, Šapitó U Ježíška, Plzeň, Czech Republic
Tanec Praha

October 7th, 2010, Stary Browar, Studio Słodownia +3, Poznań, Poland
Polish Dance Platform 2010

November 10th, 2011, Sala Teatro Cuarta Pared, Madrid, Spain
Madrid en Danza

November 11th, 2011, Sala Teatro Cuarta Pared, Madrid, Spain
Madrid en Danza

November 12th, 2011, Sala Teatro Cuarta Pared, Madrid, Spain
Madrid en Danza

May 22nd, 2012, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany
Klopsztanga Polen Grenzenlos nrw

May 23rd, 2012, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany
Klopsztanga Polen Grenzenlos nrw

May 24th, 2012, tanzhaus nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany
Klopsztanga Polen Grenzenlos nrw