Pursuit of Happiness

  • Photo: Andrej Lamut


The Nature Theater of Oklahoma is a performing arts group under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. The name is derived from "The Nature Theater of Oklahoma," the final destination that the protagonist of Kafka's novel The Man Who Disappeared (Amerika) is heading toward. Since its formation in 2006, the group has been challenging its own artistic limits, and the limits of their audience, with each and every performance; their unique extreme performance style boasts a cult-like popularity around the world. Pursuit of Happiness (taking its title from one of the founding principles of the United States of America), the work to be staged for Aichi Triennale 2019, is commissioned and performed by, internationally active Slovenian dance company EN-KNAP Group--a parody Western, performed by highly trained dancers. The exaggerated gestures and literary style of dialogue bring to the fore both the emptiness of the United States of America, and the megalomania exposed since Trump's inauguration.

Nature Theater of Oklahoma

  • Founded in 2004
  • Based in New York, USA
  • Photo: Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper self-portrait

Nature Theater of Oklahoma is an award-winning New York art and performance group under the direction of Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. Since Poetics: a ballet brut, our first dance piece created as an ensemble, Nature Theater of Oklahoma has been devoted to making the work we don't know how to make, putting ourselves in impossible situations, and working from out of our own ignorance and unease. We strive to create an unsettling live situation that demands total presence from everyone in the room. We use the readymade material around us, found space, overheard speech, and observed gesture, and through extreme formal manipulation, and superhuman effort, we affect in our work a shift in the perception of everyday reality that extends beyond the site of performance and into the world in which we live.

Selected Works & Awards

2019 Die Kinder der Toten, Berlin International Film Festival, Berlin, Germany, International Film Critics Prize for Best Film
2018 No President, Dusseldorf, Germany
2018 Die Kinder der Toten, Nestroy Prize, Vienna, Austria, Nestroy Special Prize for Theater
2017 Deutschland 2071, Cologne, Germany
2016 Pursuit of Happiness, Ljubljana, Slovenia


  • Founded in 2007
  • Based in Ljubljana, Slovenia

EN-KNAP Group, led by its founder, the internationally renowned choreographer and dancer Iztok Kovač, is the only permanent contemporary dance company in Slovenia. Since 2009, this ensemble of remarkable dancers has been based at the Španski Borci Cultural Centre in the Ljubljana-Moste neighbourhood. Since its establishment ten years ago, EN-KNAP Group has worked with over 30 Slovene and international choreographers and theater directors of aesthetically diverse backgrounds, and created a repertoire of 26 full-evening stage works and a dance film. In addition to making over 50 domestic appearances per year, the company regularly tours internationally.


Dates Sat, Aug 3, 19:00 Sun, Aug 4, 17:00
Duration 100 min
Language English (with Japanese surtitles)



Photo: Masahiro Hasunuma


Ticket prices Adults ¥3,500
U25 ¥3,000
Note No children under school age are permitted.
Childcare Services

■Covered show:Sun, 4th 17:00
■Usage fee:¥1,000 per 1 child

Tot Mate co.
Tel:0120-01-6069(open hour 9:00~17:00)

■Closing date:Fri, 2nd 17:00


Nagoya City Performing Arts Center


1-3-27 Aoi,Higashi-ku, Nagoya
461-8525 JAPAN


・5 minutes on foot from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line or Meijo Subway Line.
・5 minutes on foot from Sakae-Machi Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.