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Picture: Dragana Bulut, Joseph Wegmann
Dragana Bulut: Happyology – Tears of Joy
Picture: Dragana Bulut, Joseph Wegmann
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
Dragana Bulut: Happyology – Tears of Joy
Picture: Dorothea Tuch
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Dragana Bulut

Happyology

Tears of Joy

Self-optimization is on everyone’s tongue. So, how much does the prevailing requirement to always be happy influence our behaviour and our subjectivity? In her first HAU co-production, Dragana Bulut and her team examine the promises and paradoxes of positive psychology. To this end, life coaching plays a big role in increasing physical and mental well-being. Through the playful appropriation and deconstruction of different coaching methods, the choreographer places individual desires in contrast with the commercialization and instrumentalisation of happiness and paints an uncanny picture of the individual torn by sadness-burning life strategies. With this work, Dragana Bulut continues her staging of social choreographies, in continual pursuit of the question of how our feelings , desires and fears are commodified.  

After the performance on October 11 there will be an artist talk with Dragana Bulut and the theorist of performing arts and culture and dramaturge Ana Vujanović.
Past dates
October 2018
English
70min
Concept, artistic direction and choreography
Dragana Bulut
By and with
Andrew Hardwidge, Kareth Schaffer
Dramaturgy
Ana Vujanović
Lighting design
Joseph Wegmann
Sound design
Neda Sanai
Artistic assistance
Helen Schröder
Press and production
björn & björn
Premiere 10 October 2018
Production: Dragana Bulut. Co-production: HAU Hebbel am Ufer. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Supported by PACT Zollverein Essen and Station Service for Contemporary Dance Belgrade. Thanks to: Chris Scherer, Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, Zeina Hanna, Ksenija Djurović.