happy child

conception, scenography, direction nathalie béasse
with étienne fague, karim fatihi, erik gerken, anne reymann, camille trophème
lighting natalie gallard
music score julien parsy  
sound technician antoine monzonis-calvet
sculpture corinne forget

All is white

A small black dot is getting bigger in the middle

They are coming

It would be like a tale, with chapters

A voice-cover would describe memories, anecdotes

There would be characters with double personalities,

We could see their dark side, when they are turning back, only with a different

Glance or just when they nod

A kind of happy detective story

A family is meeting up to celebrate an event,

then a disappearance,

a plot

Coming back into someone else’s body

They are suddenly playing at children’s games,

Stories about twins,

about what is unspoken

Very sensual relationship and sometimes excessive scripts about disappearance,

Excuses for playing like children,

Not knowing when the game is over

Disappearances like lapses of memory

Giving symbols to acts, like in tales, we would get mystery firmly in our mind

And we get lost in the forest

Here the forest is this family, is this living-room, is this very moment when they

Are meeting when they are looking at each other an uprooted tree is ready

To fall down, it is put there, in the middle of all that and of bags of earth

The bodies are like rocks, with their blankets those people become biblical landscape

I want to magnify their drift.


I would like to elucidate the relationship between the family with all that is unspoken, its brutality in the face of silence, and then the sensation of lacking, linked to absence, the disappearance of the father and mother figures and paradoxically to their rejection.


How one hides behind masks, how one becomes someone else. The idea of the mask, the simulacrum. Like children. Instinctive. Really work on instinct.

A kind of macabre dance within a family ...

Nathalie Béasse

hapy child has been created 20th November 2008 at Le Quai/Open Arts/CNDC, Angers.

production : association le sens / coproductions : EPCC Le Quai, and the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine, Angers - France

with support from the Ministère de la Culture et de la communication / DRAC des Pays de la Loire,  the Département de Maine et Loire, the Ville d’Angers and Mécène & Loire.


happy child was performed at the Biennale de Venice 2017 with support from the Région des pays de la Loire in partnership with Institut français.

available for tour

past shows

2019 | September, 19 - 20

La Rose des Vents, scène nationale - Villeneuve d'Ascq

2019 | 14 - May 18

Théâtre de la Bastille – occupation 3* - Paris (France)

2019 | March, 20 - 21

La Comédie – scène nationale - Clermont-Ferrand (France)

2018 | May, 19

Pôle Culturel - Alfortville (France)

2017 | July, 31

The Venice Biennale (Italy)

2015 | February, 28

Le Canal - Redon (France)

2013 | December, 3

Le Théâtre - St Nazaire (France)

2013 | March, 25

Théâtre en Dracénie - Draguignan (France)

2012 | December, 13

Théâtre de Thouars (France)

2012 | 3 - May 6

Théâtre Monnot - Beyrouth (Lebanon)

2012 | February, 22

Théâtre de la Cité Internationale - Paris (France)

2012 | January, 12

Le Parvis - Tarbes (France)

2011 | 13 - December 17

Nouvel Olympia / CDR - Tours (France)

2011 | December, 10

Théâtre de Segré (France)

2011 | December, 8

Théâtre Jean Lurçat - Aubusson (France)

2011 | December, 6

Les Sept Collines - Tulle (France)

2010 | 2 - July 7

Le Théâtre de la Bastille - Paris (France)

2008 | December, 9 - 10

Théâtre Universitaire - Nantes (France)

2008 | November, 25 - 26

Le Grand R - La-Roche-sur-Yon (France)

2008 | January, 20 - 21

Le Quai - Angers (France)


Sceneweb - May, 16 2019
Happy Child : Nathalie Béasse, comme un jeu d'enfant - par Vincent Bouquet 
Un fauteuil pour l'orchestre - May, 15 2019

Happy Child, conception et mise en scène de Nathalie Béasse, Théâtre de la Bastille - par Denis Sanglard

La Stampa - July, 27 2017

L'immaginario di Béasse danza nella crudeltà - Michela Tamburrino

www.nowlebanon.com - June, 11 2012
Un éclatement psychotique...un projet d’individuation
L'Orient Le Jour - May, 5 2012
« Happy Child » de Nathalie Béasse, un conte décoiffant
La Montagne - December, 9 2011
L'enfance est un voyage oublié
Le Monde - November, 4 2010
La magie de l'enfance, dans les pas de Nathalie Béasse
L'Humanité - February, 8 2010
Jeux d'enfants pas vilains
Fluctuat - February, 4 2010
Happy Child au Theâtre de la Bastille