OBIE-Award winning, New York-based performance group Nature Theater of Oklahoma takes on the American Dream and the bleak desert of its aspirational aftermath. Created in collaboration with six dancers of the highly acclaimed Slovenian dance company EnKnapGroup, the piece charges through a rough-and-tumble, endlessly morphing myth of the Wild West, where whiskey pours, fists fly, and bullets ultimately settle the score.

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Through hyper-masculine high jinks and disruptions of submissive stereotypes this fast-paced, entertaining and affecting piece careens towards a shocking and unseemly Hollywood end. With a brief detour to Baghdad, this raucous dance-theater performance hybrid travels from the dark corners into which we collectively chase our wildest dreams to the anarchic frontiers of lust, greed and violent means to examine the “unalienable right” to happiness.

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.

An EN-KNAP Production

PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS is co-produced by Théâtre de la Ville and steirischer herbst.

The project is supported by U.S. Embassy in Ljubljana.

Co-presented by The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

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Pursuit of Happiness
Pursuit of Happiness
Pursuit of Happiness