Trajal Harrell

Antigone Sr. / Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (L)

Tanz im August

Yearning for the past. New York-based choreographer Trajal Harrell once couples in an earlier work Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time with theatrical hyper-reality. His interest in dance history led him to juxtapose voguing with the post-modern dance of the Judson Church.


And now ancient Greece meets Harlem. As the sublime playfully merges with the underground, the distance between the audience and the five dancers disappears into the extravagant flow of stories, songs, costumes and catwalk poses. Harrell proceeds from a very direct connection between antique tragedy and contemporary strategies of aesthetic rebellion in order to address topical issues like dignity, identity, racism and homophobia.


Trajal Harrell was born in Georgia, studied art history and literature at Yale, and dance at various American universities. His work, equally at home in major festivals, theatres or museums of contemporary art, took Europe by storm. Alongside other productions the German premiere of Antigone Sr. (L) programmatically opens this year’s festival.
Video trailer:

Co-Production: New York Live Arts, CNDC Angers und CCN Belfort. Residency Support: WpZimmer - Antwerp, Workspace Brussels, Pact Zollverein – Essen, Dansens-Hus Stockholm.

Foundation support has been provided by The Jerome Foundation, The Multi-Arts Production Fund, and the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation.

Magazin im August article


Choreographer: Trajal Harrell / Dancers: Trajal Harrell, Stephen Thompson, Thibault Lac, Rob Fordeyn, Ondrej Vidlar / Set Designer: Erik Flatmo / Lighting Designer: Jan Maertens / Sound Designer: Robin Meier and Trajal Harrell / Dramaturg: Gérard Mayen


  • Past
    Fri 15.8.2014, 21:00 / HAU1
    Sat 16.8.2014, 19:00 / HAU1
    Sat 16.8.2014, 21:30 / HAU1


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