Happy as Larry
Seymour Centre presents

Happy as Larry

by Shaun Parker & Company

10 - 14 September 2013

“It’s smiles all round – on stage and in the audience. You have to welcome a dance piece about happiness…delightful.”

Sydney Morning Herald


What makes you happy?

Happy as Larry is a playful, poignant and uplifting exploration of the human condition and the elusive nature of happiness. Created by award-winning Australian choreographer Shaun Parker, this powerful performance combines an intoxicating mix of ballet, break-dance, roller-skating and pulsating dance, set to a vibrant electro acoustic score by Nick Wales and Bree van Reyk.

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. Shaun Parker’s choreography combines a fat dose of funny with a visionary dance aesthetic.

Following national and international tours including a sold out season on London’s West End, Happy as Larry makes its way back to the Seymour stage (where it all began, Sydney Festival 2010) for one FINAL week of performances in Australia before it heads back overseas for an extended international tour.

“..brilliantly choreographed, flawlessly and joyously performed, and thoroughly entertaining from start to finish.”
Australian Stage

2011 Australian Dance Awards
Nominee Most Outstanding Choreography

NZ Banksy Award Winner
NZ International Arts Festival

FUNDRAISING EVENT: Shaun Parker & Company will be holding a Director’s VIP Fundraising Event on Thursday 12 September at 7:30pm. Be treated to a performance of Happy as Larry followed by a reception on stage and meet Artistic Director and Choreographer Shaun Parker. Proceeds from this event will go toward funding Shaun Parker & Company’s 2014 program, including the development of two major new works.

***Download the Show Program***


Performers & Creative Team

Director & Choreographer: Shaun Parker
Composers: Nick Wales & Bree van Reyk
Designer: Adam Gardnir
Lighting Designer: Luiz Pampolha
Dramaturg: Veronica Neave

Performers: Sophia Ndaba, Jana Castillo, Marnie Palomares, Timothy Ohl, Joshua Thomson, Josh Mu, Libby Montilla, Toby Derrick, Lewis Rankin, Craig Bary (Rehearsal Director)

Dance Workshop: So you want to be a performer?

Kicking off with a short contemporary dance warm-up, Shaun Parker and company artists will take students through a series of highly physical phrases including repertoire from the show, before revealing how he creates arresting dance theatre through the use of theatrical tasks and improvisation by drawing on the talents and skills of the individual. Be prepared to be inspired!

Suitable for secondary students across high school years 7-11 plus a very fun version for primary years 5 & 6, Elementary to Advanced level.

WHEN: 11, 12 & 13 September

TIME: 10am, followed by 12.30pm performance

DURATION: 1.5 hrs

COST: $30 per student (includes ticket to performance at 12.30pm)

CLOTHING: dance wear or comfortable clothes

MAXIMUM STUDENTS PER SESSION: 60 places only (3 groups0

Digital Dance: get coached from an expert!

Specifically tailored for years 10 and 11, dance students will interpret, in their own way, a ten minute Vimeo

tutorial from Happy as Larry titled the Group Nonette. Shaun Parker and company artists will engage in digital coaching over several sessions to refine the skills of each group of students and their interpretation of the phrase. Elementary to Advanced level.

Come and see Happy as Larry on any matinee and perform your Nonette after the show for Shaun and your peers!

To sign up for the Digital Dance program email your school details by 11 March 2013 to education@seymour.sydney.com.au

For more information email info@shaunparkercompany.com