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Best known in the UK for her productions for Rambert, HeadSpace and Northern Ballet, international dance artist Didy Veldman has launched her own company Umanoove with The Happiness Project.

Focusing on our society’s endless search for fulfilment, this full-length work is an intricate, physical and theatrical piece of dance. The production has been made in collaboration with celebrated violinist and composer Alexander Balanescu, who performs live alongside the company’s four dancers (Dane Hurst, Mathieu Geffré, Hannah Kidd and Estella Merlos).  The Happiness Project makes its international debut at Skanes Dansteater in Malmö on 19 October. 

“You don’t it to end, you want to hold on to it, put it in a box labelled “mine – hands off!”  Mary Brennan, Glasgow Herald *****

“The Happiness Project is terrifically enjoyable and, marking the long-awaited launch of Veldman’s own company, it promises even better things to come.” Judith Mackrell, The Guardian ****

Didy Veldman’s next production will be The Knot to a soundscore combing contemporary folk/rock with Stravinksy’s original music for the ballet Les Noces.   The Knot examines the social and personal significance of marriage in contemporary Western society. The production will create the feel of a big wedding party in which the performers are the bride, groom, best man and bridesmaids, and the audience are the guests, using an immersive theatre aesthetic to explore the authenticity of the vows versus the crass humour of the speeches and the status of the photographic record.  The Knot premieres at DanceEast on 9 February and tours briefly before the full blown tour in autumn 2018.

Promoters packs to download: The Happiness Project  The Knot

Watch the trailer for The Happiness Project

Watch the video documentary