23 March 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Presented by Robert Clark
Tuesday 14 April, 7.30pm
Trestle Arts Base, Russet Drive, St Albans AL4 0JQ
A dance theatre piece that promises to try to make you happier.
Four performers and the choreographer take the stage for this humorous, thoughtful and enjoyable investigation into personal happiness. Are you happy? Would more money help? A hug from a stranger? A new mobile phone or cheaper car insurance?
Promises of Happiness offers the audience a playful way of measuring happiness on a scale of 1 to 10, finding a movement language to explore intimate moments – waking up next to a loved one; everyday comforts – a good cup of tea; to soaring joys of weddings or new birth. Robert’s performers masterfully interact with and listen to audiences as the show unfolds, and it resists clichés by being responsive to the individuals in the room – performers and audience.
Robert Clark explains how the ideas for the project came about:
“Happiness feels like a current subject, both personally for me, where I am in my life, but also in a wider context, looking around over the past few years, coming in and out of the financial crisis, there has been a substantial focus in the media on negativity and the opposite of happiness. It has long been a curiosity of mine that negativity breeds negativity. And it made me wonder if you do the opposite, if you talk only of happiness in order to effect the same multiplication effect, how do you make it genuine, how can it be something that doesn’t feel like a self-help book or an over stimulating musical.
I wanted to approach it on its own terms to really face happiness for what it might be or what it really is. We started with a week of talks and workshops, bringing in a philosopher, a psychotherapist, an academic specialising in the study of happiness, a laughter yoga teacher, and Wendy Houston (amongst others), bringing a wide view of perspectives on what happiness might actually look like. In doing that and continuing the research in the studio, the thing that keeps coming up is how much of happiness is about images of happiness and about a shared mythology of happiness rather than listening a little bit harder to what we might actually be experiencing.
In this work I am promising the audience to try and bring them genuine happiness. I might not succeed, I can almost guarantee that I won’t succeed for all of them but I can promise to try. The final part of the piece is based on a scientific experiment which if executed correctly is proven to bring people at least a month of increased happiness.
Tickets are £12 / £10 / Group £40 (4 Tickets) and you can book them by calling the Box Office on 01727 850950 or online at www.allaboutstalbans.com. Further group discounts available please call 01727 850 950 for details. Suitable for 12+
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NOTES FOR EDITOR
About Trestle Theatre Company
Trestle has been making and touring inspirational physical storytelling theatre since 1981. The company has developed a distinctive style of theatre, initially using masks, puppets and music, and more recently incorporating text and internationally influenced movement styles. Trestle is an internationally renowned provider of participation projects and training and operates from Trestle Arts Base in St Albans.
About Trestle Arts Base
Trestle Arts Base in St Albans is a 100-year-old chapel beautifully converted into a unique performing arts centre. It is home to Trestle, the first UK touring company to establish its own Lottery funded building. The venue offers performances, exhibitions, mask making, arts participation, youth theatre and hires for community and business meetings and events.
About Robert Clark
Robert’s work, including ‘Badlands’ and ‘Amstatten’ amongst others, has been described as humorous and emotionally charged, intricate and detailed, direct and engaging. To date his work has been performed in festivals and venues in London, Berlin, Venice, Mulhouse, Oberwart, Ravena, Nottingham, Bouxwiller and Bassano. ‘Badlands’ His recent solo ‘Amstatten’ was presented in Spring Loaded 2013 at The Place, and described as “incredibly thought out and well executed” by Bach Track.
As a choreographer Robert has been supported by a number of organisations including Greenwich Dance (Resident Artist), Dance4 (former Associate Artist), Dance UK and Trinity Laban. Robert Clark is a Work Place Artist and an Escalator East Artist. He has also just had his first baby, which feels somewhat relevant.
Choreographed by Robert Clark
Devised by Robert Clark and performers
Performers: Kip Johnson (LOL with Protein, Ultima Vez), Janina Rajakangas (Frauke Requardt, and David Rosenberg, Living Structures), Martha Passakopoulou (Seke Chimutengwende, Eva Recacha) and Stephen Moynihan (Border Tales with Protein, Retina, Tom Dale Company, T.R.A.S.H)
Commissioned by Dance East and The Place Made at The Place. Funded by Arts Council England.
Supported by Greenwich Dance, Trestle Arts Base and Dance4 Produced by The Place
Promises of Happiness Tour Dates
14-15 March – Nottdance Festival, Nottingham (Treatments only) www.dance4.co.uk
21 March – Sprint Festival at Camden People’s Theatre, London (Treatments only) www.cptheatre.co.uk
24 April – Zinc Arts, Essex www.zincarts.org.uk/
25 April – Bristol Old Vic, Bristol www.bristololdvic.org.uk/shows.html
1 May – Dance East, Ipswich (Promises of Happiness only) www.danceeast.co.uk
8 – 9 May – MAC, Belfast www.themaclive.com
15 – 16 May – The Place, London www.theplace.org.uk
29 May – Battersea Arts Centre, London www.bac.org.uk