About the production
What makes us happy?
Happy as Larry is a funny, playful and poignant new dance show, which investigates the elusive nature of human happiness. This powerful production combines an intoxicating mix of ballet, break-dance, roller-skating and highly physical contemporary dance.
The cast of characters is developed from the Enneagram, a psychological system that maps nine personality types: The Perfectionist; The Giver; The Performer; The Tragic Romantic; The Observer; The Devil’s Advocate; The Optimist; The Boss; and The Mediator – all rich inspiration for Shaun Parker’s insightful creativity.
Set to a vibrant electro/acoustic score, the performers bring fun and danger to the fore in this innovative and moving dance work.
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Director/Choreographer: Shaun Parker
Co-Composers: Nick Wales & Bree Van Reyk
Designer: Adam Gardnir
Lighting Designer: Luiz Pampolha
Dramaturg: Veronica Neave
Rehearsal Director: Craig Bary
2019 Germany Tour: Toby Derrick, Joel Fenton, Harrison Hall, Libby Montilla, Josh Mu, Sophia Ndaba, Marnie Palomares, Harriet Ritchie, Alex Warren
2014 Tour of Europe and the Middle East: Jana Castillo, Toby Derrick, Luke Hanna, Libby Montilla, Josh Mu, Sophia Ndaba, Marnie Palomares, Lewis Rankin, Joshua Thomson
2013 Australian Tour: Jana Castillo, Toby Derrick, Libby Montilla, Josh Mu, Sophia Ndaba, Timothy Ohl, Marnie Palomares, Lewis Rankin, Joshua Thomson
Past performers: Matt Cornell, Dean Cross, Ghenoa Gela, Harriet Ritchie, Miranda Wheen, Paul White, Lee Wilson, Anton, Robbie Curtis, Melanie Palomares, Adam Synnott
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Major Festivals Initiative, managed by the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government Arts and Advisory Body, in association with the confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Sydney Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Brisbane Festival and the New Zealand International Festival.
The 2019 Happy as Larry tour to the Middle East and Germany was supported by the Australian Government through the Council for Australia-Arab Relations, and an Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs. It was also funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
The 2014 Happy as Larry Masahat Tour was supported by the Commonwealth through the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, which is part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The Australian Government is proud to be associated with this tour through the national performing arts touring program, Playing Australia, which gives Australians across the country the opportunity to see some of our best performing arts.