The Pursuit of Happiness Photo: Jonas Kambli

The Pursuit of Happiness

November 20, 2021 19:00

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Kastanienallee 79
10435 Berlin


Pursuit of Happiness
a dance piece by Joshua Monten

Tickets: 15.- Euro, 10.- Euro reduced
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Address: DOCK 11, Kastanienallee 79, 10435 Berlin

Dance is a powerful technology of mood: a tool for reflection, emotional manipulation, catharsis and ecstasy. And a dance performance is an excellent place to look for answers to life’s questions. In “The Pursuit of Happiness,” both the performers and the audience members join in on the search — by examining their own basic needs, witnessing each other’s struggles, and trying out different paths to fulfillment.

One of Switzerland’s leading ensembles, the Joshua Monten Dance Company specializes in creating playfully interactive Tanztheater performances that are highly physical and emotionally charged. In their newest creation, “The Pursuit of Happiness” the audience is distributed throughout the performance space. Their reactions are visible to all, thus they become characters in the very performance they are witnessing.

The U.S. Declaration of Independence famously insists on the rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” But is it really possible to hunt for happiness? Where does this strange beast reside? And how does our quest depend on the people around us?

A guiding principle of our “Pursuit of Happiness” is that we do not hunt alone. Both the performers and the audience members search for happiness within each other, examining one other’s moods, unspoken needs, trigger points and ticklish spots. They find new ways to communicate at the intersection of words, sign language and movement. Some feelings prove to be contagious, spreading in infectious chain reactions around the room.

Our hunt knows no end. Once found, happiness slips from our grasp. The choreography is structured by cycles of fulfillment and emptiness, by vertiginous cross-fades between hope and despair. Movement itself plays a central role in our quest/journey: the thrill of discovery, the satisfaction of being submerged in the flow of deeply felt experience, the eternal question of how to get your groove on.

Choreography: Joshua Monten
Performance: Marioenrico D’Angelo, Angela Demattè, Frederik Kaijser, Jack Wignall
Dramaturgy: Guy Cools
Stage: Romy Springsguth
Costume: Catherine Voeffray
Light: Mirjam Berger
Photo: Jonas Kambli


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Coproduktion: Dampfzentrale Bern, Südpol Luzern

Supported by: Pro Helvetia, SWISSLOS / Kultur Kanton Bern, Kultur Stadt Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Migros Kulturprozent, GVB Kulturstiftung, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Ernst Göhner Stiftung, Bürgi-Willert-Stiftung, Gwärtler Stiftung, Stiftung Anne-Marie Schindler

Event Times

Event: November 20, 2021 19:00

Fees & Opening Hours


Tickets: 15.- Euro, 10.- Euro reduced


Theatre & Dance
Berlin, Choreography, Dance, Performance, Theater