Visiting Acaciegården at Frederiksberg in march 2019

 

Happy End is an artistic investigation that has been staged in elder peoples residencies across the nordic countries, a.o. Slottet & Aftensolen (Copenhagen, DK), Soltún (Reykjavik, IS), Tjanargardur & Laargardur (Tórshavn, FO), Käpyrinne (Helsinki, FI), Heracleum (Tromsø, NO as part of Vårscenefest), Qeqertarsuaq (Greenland, GL), Oasen (Jomala, AX), Gläntan (Kiruna, SE)
Follow the journey at happyendproject.dk


The elderly is one of the population groups increasing most rapidly in the Nordic countries.
Meanwhile we desperately tribute eternal youth and cover up all signs of aging on our bodies. Our fear of decay, aids, wringles and death are marginalizing the elder people in society, and makes us strangers to the interaction and communication with old bodies.
Why are we so afraid of old age? What is the reality of life in an old body? What happens when we embrace age and engage in dance with the elderly - a dance of experience, memories, longings and dreams of a whole lived life.

Happy End challenges with poetic realism borders between staging and reality and investigate movement dialogue with nursing home residents, and their individual stories of life in an old body.
In Happy End we facilitate a meeting between the residents and their surrounding local community through a performative event. Through the artistic meeting with the elderly we offer a new platform for inclusion and initiate the personal meeting and experience, that is needed in order to combat distance and prejudice in society.
 
Old age is part of the Nordic diversity, and the elderly form a big population group reaching across social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Happy End puts faces and bodies on the elderly of the Nordic countries, and residents and artists together invite for a confidential journey underneath the wringled skin of old age, inspiring reflection upon our relation to aging in the Nordic countries today.

Happy End is an art project created in collaboration with a nursing home from each of the Nordic Countries.
The artistic team behind Happy End come to each nursing home and create in collaboration with the residents a performance based on dance, movement and dialogue, expressing their experiences of life in an aging body.

In Happy End it is the nursing home residents who as experts in their own body express their experiences of aging and in collaboration with the dancers transform this to movement and dance. In an honest portrait of aging and decay the audience are brought close to the old body's physicality, longings and memories.
The dancers investigate together with the residents the traces and patterns made by the lived life. Where has nature and culture formed the bodily landscape and anatomy? Where has the lived life made its traces? Where pounds the pulse of questions about life and death? Where pulls gravity? Where grates the sceleton against the freedom to still be able? Where resides the memories

The scene is set in the nursing home and the local citizens are invited inside for an artistic meeting with their own elders. With the residents experiences in focus, we create a confidential and inclusive community of elders, dancers and audience, where realities, expectations and imaginations can meet.

The project is followed by swedish documentarist Engeli Broberg and by danish photographer Per Morten Abrahamsen, who created an exhibition touring nursing homes in the Nordic Countries.
See examples of Per Mortens photos here


Artistic leader and staging: Ingrid Tranum Velásquez
Music: Trondur Bogason
Scenography: Icelandic Love Corporation
Choreography: Ingrid Tranum Velásquez in collaboration with the performers.
On stage: Nursing home residents from the Nordic Countries and dancers Anette Asp Christensen, Christian From, Kristina Sørensen Ougaard & Ingrid Tranum Velásquez


The production is supported by:

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