is a reflection on the futility of happiness, inspired by Milan Kundera’s “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and Pascal Bruckner’s “Perpetual Euphoria”.
In Awkward Happiness, or Everything I Don’t Remember About Meeting You, an intimate relationship is perceived as a playground to explore the individual and his or her great quest for happiness. The private space of a relationship allows for more personal and honest expression. Masks fall and reveal what is hidden in public...the unvoiced questions, suppressed desires. Yet what remains hidden in a relationship also opens up an even more intriguing world, the game of (mis)understandings about the "duty of happiness."
Is happiness something that we seek in another person? The journey of these two couples reveals how the passage of time paints a relationship with layers of beauty, secrets, surprises and misunderstandings. The moment of happiness appears and vanishes an instant after. Did we even recognise it?
Quartet performance // Premiere: February 2013, The Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw. // Direction: Matej Matejka // External eye: Vivien Wood // Performers: Zuzana Kakalikova, Magdalena Koza, Guillaumarc Froidevaux, Daniel Han // Vocal & music supervision: Ditte Berkeley
Thanks to: Sarie Mairs Slee, Milan Kozanek, Bryan Brown //
In coproduction with: Company TDU