11 till 16 August 2020


Theater Artemis | NL

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Happyclappy stappy stop. How are you lollipop? Hippie happie snappy flap. Life is boring and that is crap. Happyclappy cloppy clow. We can sing and we can mow. Happyclappy doely del. May your fears all burn in hell!

Happyclappy – a school of life is a small travelling school, run by clowns. They teach the most difficult course of them all: life itself. The clowns guide you to the swampy inside of your soul. With a mission: making souls happy by teaching them how you can embrace your own misery. Normally this lesson is scheduled between French and mathematics, but now there is a Happyclappy summer school.

Theatermaker Willemijn Zevenhuizen about her inspiration for Happyclappy: “I see a parallel between the exaggerated characteristics of clowns on the one hand, and on the other hand how adolescents are out of balance and out of proportion – their body, their emotions and their inner world. In that grotesque, clowns and adolescents share a certain vulnerability as well. For me, that fragility is what’s at stake in a surrealistic but comforting lesson.

Theater Artemis, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this summer, makes quirky, slightly philosophical and absurd theater. For those who didn’t pay attention in their Theater Appreciation lessons: Artemis is from Den Bosch [our inner-city neighbors] and makes a name for itself internationally. It has Jetse Batelaan as its Artistic director.

P.S. During this performance we will follow the general Covid-19 guidelines. 

Idea: Willemijn Zevenhuijzen
From and with: Elias De Bruyne, Eva Zwart, Willemijn Zevenhuijzen
Final direction: Jetse Batelaan
Design: Sacha Zwiers
Costumes: Liesbet Swings

Location Theater Artemis
Running time 45 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