AWKWARD HAPPINESS – performance piece by Studio Matejka
Studio Matejka in collaboration with the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw and Compagnie T-d’U Switzerland

CSW, Warsaw, Poland, 2015, video documentation
Fringe Festivale, Summerhall, Old Lab, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2015

Performers: Guillaumarc Froidevaux, Zuzana Kakalikova, Magdalena Koza, Dawid Lorenc
Direction: Matej Matejka
Music: Orest Sharak, Guillaumarc Froidevaux, Zuzana Kakalikova, Daniel Han
Lighting: Marcin Wojcik
Live Visuals, graphic design: meg janus
Video documentation: Monika Kaczmarczyk, Karol Pykało, Rafał Łukasz Renner

Is happiness something that we seek in another person designing your dreams, desires, weaknesses? The life journey of the two presented couples shows how time puts on the relationship canvas next layers of secrets, surprises and misunderstandings. A moment of happiness appears to disappear in a moment. Did we recognize it at all? From the „obligation to be happy” we hide emotions that not finding the estuary and become a source of confusion. Pulling off the masks, we reveal what we usually hide so willingly – unspoken questions, suppressed desires.

We can never know what to want, because, living only one life, we can neither compare it with our previous lives nor perfect it in our lives to come… We live everything as it comes, without warning, like an actor going on cold. And what can life be worth if the first rehearsal for life is life itself? That is why life is always like a sketch… If we have only one life to live, we might as well not have lived at all.
M. Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Live Visuals