AUB Dance will soon be putting on its latest show called That Happy Place at Pavilion Dance South West (PDSW)
Performed by 2nd Years from BA (Hons) Dance and directed by Course Leader, Jane White, this piece of original dance theatre is also a collaboration with some 3rd Year students from the BA (Hons) Costume and Performance Design course.
The show has taken inspiration from a range of sources including Radio 2 DJ Fearne Cotton’s book Happy: Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect.
That Happy Place’s influences are reflected in the performance’s synopsis. It reads: “It’s easy to assume that happiness is just around the corner, in the hands of others, or only for a chosen category of people.
“The beautiful thing is, it’s actually there for the taking, inside us all of the time, bubbling away waiting to be embraced.
“Can we navigate our way around the many viewing platforms available in this life, to find where each of us, as unique human beings place ourselves on the happiness spectrum?”
All of the students have devised new choreography in response to their research and they have based them on their own lives and experiences.
Talking about the process so far, student Bonnie-Rae Lambourne, said: “It’s all about our own individual journeys.
“We’ve been looking at things like memories and what they mean to us – we’ve also talked about how we may struggle and what we can do to overcome difficult times.
“It’s also about figuring out where you are at your lowest and knowing what your happy place is, then trying to get to the best that you can be in every day.”
Student Georgie Duckworth said the show was also about looking at your memories and how they have made you happy as well as how you think about those things when you are down to make you feel better.
Talking about the process of putting the show together, she said: “I love that we are choreographing this performance. I think it’s so nice that it isn’t just one person, we all have our own input.
“Our Course Leader Jane has been looking at what we’ve done and taken inspiration from those so everyone’s ideas have been put together into the melting pot, then different things have been taken out.
“It’s really nice to have creative freedom and it’s really exciting not knowing what the performance would look like at the start as you don’t want dance to be predictable, you don’t want to know what’s going to happen.
“In life you don’t know what’s going to be coming next, and I think that’s what we’re trying to show.”
Speaking about the production, Course Leader Jane White said: “I am really impressed by the maturity and trust of the cast with how the content is developing and how they are becoming much more honest in their creative responses.
“The show process has really brought the group together and it is a pleasure to see how they support each other’s ideas.”
Wednesday, December 5, 7.30pm
Thursday, December 6, 7.30pm
Friday, December 7, 7.30pm
You can book on the PDSW website, buy tickets in person at the PDSW Reception or call on 01202 203630.
Find out more about BA (Hons) Dance at AUB.