Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church

Trajal Harrell
Trajal Harrell (US)
26.05.2010. | 27.05.2010.
Zagreb Dance Centre

As a point of departure for his latest body of work, Trajal Harrell poses the question “What would have happened if a voguer from the 1960s Harlem drag ball scene traveled downtown to perform at Judson Church with the early post-modern choreographers?” This proposition is transplanted into a contemporary context and comes in five sizes, from extra small (XS) to extra large (XL). Trajal Harrell re-writes the minimalism and neutrality of postmodern dance with a new set of signs. What we experience was neither possible at The Balls nor at Judson. Here, the audience experiences the auto fictional potentiality of the performer as the main awareness and strength.

Trajal Harrell studied dance and choreography at The Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, The San Francisco Institute of Choreography, City College of San Francisco, Brown University, Movement Research, and the Trisha Brown School.

He was selected as an artist-in-residence at Movement Research and co-edited or edited several issues of the Movement Research Performance Journal, with artists Sarah Michelson and DD Dorvillier.

In 2006, he was invited to participate in The Choreographers’ Venture at The Impulstanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria, and in 2008, he was appointed co-artistic mentor for the festivals DanceWeb program

He was performer and artistic collaborator for Meg Stuart’s curated improvisation project Auf den Tisch for Performa 2009 Visual Art Performance Biennial, and dramaturg and choreographer for Stone Ihiga by visual artist Wengachi Mutu and composer-vocalist Imani Uzuri for Performa 2009 Visual Art Performance Biennial.

choreography & performance: Trajal Harrell
dramaturgy: Gerard Mayen
soundtrack design: Trajal Harrell
costumes: Michael Ventolo & Trajal Harrell
set: Trajal Harrell
visual art: Franklin Evans
co production:  Danspace Project, The New Museum, Crossing the Line Festival 2009 & Workspace Brussels/Working Title Festival.

- supported by funds from the 2009-2010 Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative with support from the Jerome Foundation, The Map Fund/Rockefeller Foundation, The Alfred Meyer Foundation & New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

- with residency support by Workspace Brussels and Tanzhaus Düsseldorf.