The Pursuit of Happiness

by Joshua Monten

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?
In The Pursuit of Happiness, both the performers and the audience members join in on this search – by examining their own basic needs and ideas of happiness and trying out different ways to fulfill them. And it becomes clear that the hunt for one's own happiness is a collaborative enterprise, an unending search.
One of Switzerland’s leading ensembles, the Tanzcompagnie Joshua Monten specializes in creating playfully interactive dance theater performances. In The Pursuit of Happiness, the audience is distributed throughout the performance space. Their reactions are visible to all, thus they become characters in the intimate and highly social performance they are witnessing.

Choreography: Joshua Monten
Dance: Marioenrico D’Angelo, Angela Demattè, Frederik Kaijser, Jack Wignall
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Stage: Romy Springsguth
Costume: Catherine Voeffray
Light: Mirjam Berger
Photo: Jonas Kambli

Website: joshuamonten.com/pursuit
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Co-Production: Dampfzentrale Bern, Südpol Luzern

With the support of: Pro Helvetia, SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern, Kultur Stadt Bern.