1 till 11 August 2019


Dries Verhoeven | NL

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In the World Happiness Report 2019, with survey results from 156 countries, the Netherlands climbed to fifth position. A nuance: 1.1 million Dutch are on antidepressants, and the Netherlands is the world’s number one producer of XTC. Need a fix? No problem, especially if you’re in Brabant. Welcome to Dries Verhoeven’s pharmacy on Burgemeester Loeffplein, which employs a humanoid as a pharmacist’s assistant. It informs you about the medical means to improve your mental state. A final thought as an instruction for use: are our emotions still authentic? After all, at some parties, recreational drugs have become the norm, and the stigma attached to psychoactive drugs is diminishing rapidly. Dries Verhoeven’s Phobiarama was his last disturbing installation to come to Boulevard.

Happiness is an installation that can be visited continuously between 2 p.m. - 10 p.m. Go to Burgemeester Loeffplein and report to the pharmacy. A ticket is not required, admission is free.

Concept: Dries Verhoeven
Production: Studio Dries Verhoeven
Coproduction: SPRING Festival en Stichting NDSM-werf

Location Locatie: Chiara Bersani
Running time 20 min.
Theaterfestival Boulevard thanks:
  • Gemeente 's-Hertogenbosch
  • Den Bosch Partners
  • Provincie Noord-Brabant
  • Fonds Podiumkunsten
  • VSBfonds
  • Fonds21
  • Vriendenloterij Fonds
  • Creative Europe Programme (EU)
  • Gieskes-Strijbis Fonds
  • Dioraphte
  • VandenEnde Foundation
  • Fonds ZOZ
  • Jeugdfonds Sport & Cultuur
  • Jan van Hoof Galerie
  • Apap
  • Feminist Futures
  • Performing Gender