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Nature Theater of Oklahoma and EnKnapGroup (USA and Slovenia)


NYU Skirball

Friday, January 12 - Sunday, January 14

566 LaGuardia Pl
New York, NY 10012

Running Time: 1 Hour and 55 Minutes

Members and Partners: $20
Full: $25 + fees

This performance contains the use of haze

Photo by Andrej Lamut 

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.

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. 

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

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

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

The programme of EN-KNAP Productions is financially supported by: City of LjubljanaDepartment of Culture and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

International travel expenses of the project participants is supported by the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska's work on this production is made possible in part by the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

THE PHILIP AND JANICE LEVIN FOUNDATION provides support for The Public’s access and engagement programming.

Concept, text and direction by Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper
Created and performed by EnKnapGroup, Luke Thomas Dunne (Great Britain), Ida Hellsten (Sweden), Bence Mezei (Hungary), Ana Štefanec Knez (Slovenia), Jeffrey Schoenaers (Belgium), and Lada Petrovski Ternovšek (Croatia)

Produced by EN-KNAP Productions
Light Design by Luka Curk
Costume Design by Katarina Škaper

Technicians Španski Borci/EN-KNAP Technical Team
Public Relations Nina Smerkol
Executive Producer Karmen Keržar
Production Manager Marjeta Lavrič
Artistic Director Iztok Kovač
International Associate Eva Pepper