Posted on June 24, 2011
Australian 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.
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
For more information, see www.happyaslarrytour.co.uk.