Espen Hjort & Mees Borgman
Happy Together had its premiere in the beginning of march 2020. After two shows, the theatres were shut down due to the world-wide pandemic. The tour was resumed in september 2020, and finished in december 2021.
In the context of lockdowns and social distancing, it felt very meaningful to present this work about family and intimacy. Happy Together is a physical, playful work about family, performed by and created with a 'real' family. My parents Erik and Nanette, my brother Ster and me.
In scene after scene, the family searches for the essence of family, and tries to figure out who they want to be together. The practice the art of the farewell, they wonder about their family history, the perform intimate duets and dance to a certain song from the 60s. At the same time, the show is about the show: a family trying to figure out how to put on a show, in every meaning of this phrase. Happy Together is about care, about carrying (and being carried) and about collective identities.
Concept by: Mees Borgman & Espen Hjort
Directed by: Espen Hjort
Performed by: Erik Borgman, Mees Borgman, Nanete Kuijpers en Ster Borgman
Stage design & costume design by: Johanna Dählback
Music and vocal composition by: Marko Ivic
Dramaturgical advice by: Selm Wenselaers
The performance is produced by Stichting Skorpetind and Het Huis Utecht, together with Theater Utrecht.