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What personality type are you? A perfectionist? A giver?
A devil’s advocate? An observer?
And what makes you happy?

HappyAsLarry-Headstand-1200pxAward-winning choreographer Shaun Parker used a psychological system called the Enneagram that maps nine different personality types as the basis for his exhilarating dance show Happy as Larry, that has gone on to become an international hit. Happy as Larry has played 11 cities across France and the UK including London’s prestigious Sadler’s Wells on West End.

Happy as Larry combines an intoxicating, free-flowing mix of ballet, break-dance, parkour, roller skating, acrobatics and highly physical contemporary dance. The cast of characters is developed from the Enneagram’s 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 – all rich inspiration for Shaun Parker’s insightful creativity.

Happy as Larry fuses gritty realism with jaw-dropping performances to create an uplifting exploration of the human condition. Parker has developed a reputation for choreography that combines a ‘fat dose of funny’ with a visionary dance aesthetic.

Set to an arresting electro/acoustic score by dynamic musical duo Nick Wales and Bree van Reyk (Holly Throsby, CODA, Sarah Blasko, Sydney Dance Company), the performers bring fun and danger to the fore in this innovative and upbeat dance hit.

‘Shaun Parker is one of Australia’s best dance makers’, says Julian Louis, NORPA Artistic Director. ‘Like The Yard last year, he brings out the most extreme versions of his performers’ craft and humanity. This show features some of the best dancers working in Australia today. They are truly mind-blowing. Happy as Larry is a big production with a huge revolving set piece, so we are particularly excited to stage it in the newly upgraded Lismore City Hall. It will give people a taste of the scale of shows we can now bring to the region.’

WORKSHOP: As well as performing the show, Shaun Parker & Company will be conducting a dance theatre workshop at the NORPA Studio on Saturday 3 August at 1.45pm, prior to the Saturday matinee performance. Open to all dancers across a range of experience. $15pp. Limited places. Please call the NORPA Box Office for details.

PERFORMANCES: As part of a national Australian tour, Happy as Larry by Shaun Parker and Company will be presented by NORPA at Lismore City Hall. Saturday August 3, 3.30pm and 7.30pm
Adult $39, Senior $33, Concession $31, Under 18 $20. Running time 75 mins (no interval). Bookings NORPA Box Office –1300 066 772 or online at: www.norpa.org.au

Echonetdaily and NORPA are pleased to offer a double pass to Happy as Larry to one lucky reader. Simply email your answer to the question: What makes you happy? to [email protected] by 5pm Wednesday. The winner will be published in Thursday’s edition of Echonetdaily.

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