HAPPINESS investigates how laughter and pleasure reside in the body. It features 4 dancers and commissioned music by Nathaniel Braddock, played live by the Occidental Brothers Dance Band Intl., whose sound is a lively combination of Highlife and Dry Guitar.
The rite begins with the Happiness Fete where the audience is invited to engage in a collective celebration of wellness and joy by participating in portrait sketches, massages, Delirious Hair Designs, learning line dances, sharing a meal and more. When people arrive, they are welcomed by the Sunbeams (local student participants) who write what makes a person happy on a balloon, which is then attached to the person and floats above them like a thought bubble. They also ask people to write what makes them unhappy on a card, which is placed in a ‘pool of unhappiness.’ The Fete is followed by laughtercises, and a performance that culminates in a dance party with the audience and a ritual skewering of unhappiness with the Liberty character. HAPPINESS is about self-care, and making time to relax, laugh and recharge for the labor to uphold the values of life, liberty and Happiness.