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Happy as Larry across the UK

Posted on June 24, 2011

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happy as larry 05 - shaun parker companyAustralian choreographer Shaun Parker makes his UK debut with a national tour of Happy as Larry (pictured), in which nine performers investigate what makes us happy. Opening on September 16, the show visits Oxford, Northampton, Nottingham, Truro, Poole, Coventry, Brighton, London, Salford and Newcastle.


Parker has worked in Australia and internationally as a dancer and counter-tenor, appearing with Australian Dance Theatre, Force Majeure, Chunky Move and with choreographers Sasha Waltz and Meredith Monk. In Happy as Larry, he uses a mix of ballet, contemporary dance, breakdance and roller skating, with an electro-acoustic score by Nick Wales and Bree van Reyk.


The characters for Happy as Larry were developed using the Enneagram – an ancient Greek model of human personality that has been developed as a modern psychological system. It maps nine personality types: the perfectionist, the seducer, the performer, the tragic romantic, the observer, the devil’s advocate, the optimist, the boss and the mediator.


Tour dates


Sept 16–17             Oxford Playhouse                                          01865 305305

Sept 20–21             Royal & Derngate, Northampton           01604 624811

Sept 23–24             Nottingham Playhouse                        0115 941 9419

Sept 27–28             Hall for Cornwall, Truro                        01872 262466

Sept 30–Oct 1        Lighthouse, Poole                               0844 406 8666

Oct 4–5                 Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry             024 7652 4524

Oct 11                   Corn Exchange, Brighton Dome            01273 709709

Oct 14–15              Peacock Theatre, London                     0870 737 0337

Oct 18 – 19            The Lowry, Salford                               0843 208 6005

Oct 21–22              Northern Stage, Newcastle                   0191 230 5151


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Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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