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.
- 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.