Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, founders of the Obie Award-winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma, take on the myth and legacy of the American Dream. Inside a Western saloon, a Mexican barman, an Austrian sales rep, the re-enactment of a peacekeeping mission in Baghdad, a magic potion and some unsettlingly uplifting cowboy dances make up a zany universe, a take of American clichés and Spaghetti Western.
The United States’ founding document, the Declaration of Independence, defines ‘the pursuit of happiness’ as one of the ‘unalienable rights’ of human beings, which governments have been tasked to protect. But what is Happiness? Into what dark corners does each of us chase it? To what lengths and wild frontiers will we go to pursue it? Will this pursuit of happiness culminate in an unseemly Hollywood blockbuster? The New York-based Nature Theater of Oklahoma, named after the eponymous theatre in Kafka’s novel America, works together with six brilliant dancers of the internationally acclaimed Slovenian dance company EnKnapGroup, jointly creating a surreal folk tale about violent Western expansionism, “one of the wildest things you’ll see at the theatre this year” (New York Times).
With English and Greek surtitles
Written and directed by: Pavol Liska, Kelly Copper
Performed by: EnKnapGroup: Luke Thomas Dunne (Great Britain), Ida Hellsten (Sweden), Bence Mezei (Hungary), Lada Petrovski Ternovšek (Croatia), Jeffrey Schoenaers (Belgium), Ana Štefanec Knez (Slovenia)
Production: EN-KNAP Productions
Coproduction: Théâtre de la Ville, steirischer herbst
Lighting design: Luka Curk
Costume design: Katarina Škaper
Costumes by: Atelje d.o.o.
Rehearsal director for EnKnapGroup: Nohemi Barriuso
Stage manager: Luka Curk
Technical realization: Španski Borci/EN-KNAP Technical Team
Photography and video: Andrej Lamut
Executive producer: Karmen Keržar
Public relations and editing: Nina Smerkol
Španski Borci Cultural Centre Director, EN-KNAP Productions - Programme Manager and Head of Productions: Marjeta Lavrič
EN-KNAP Productions Managing Director, Španski Borci Cultural Centre Artistic Director: Iztok Kovač
Supported by The U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana
The programme of EN-KNAP Productions is financially supported by: City of Ljubljana – Department of Culture and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia