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Trajal Harrell. Sister or He Buried the Body | Performance



Sat 09.07.2022 | 15h00 + 17h00
Sun 10.07.2022 | 15h00

Duration: 40 min

Free of charge

Except for the entrance fee

Following Mudam’s presentation of The Conspiracy of Performances, 2010, by Trajal Harrell (b. 1973, Douglas, Georgia) in 2018, the acclaimed choreographer and performer returns to present Sister or He Buried the Body (2021). This new work is co-commissioned by Mudam in partnership with the 13th Gwangju Biennial, South Korea; Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Schauspielhaus Zürich; and CND - Centre national de la danse, Pantin, France.

Harrell gained international recognition for creating a series of works that bring together the tradition of voguing – a modern dance style developed in the late 1980s from the Harlem ballroom scene – with early postmodern dance. In his latest work, the artist combines voguing with gestures that derive from Butoh dance, which was conceived in Japan during the late 50s and early 60s. This new work is conceived as a speculative remapping of the history of contemporary dance and its composition.

Weaving the links between two seemingly distant dance cultures, the artist puts the body at the centre of his research, exploring the ways in which it becomes a receptacle of memory, the past and historical characters who have inspired this work. Intertwining notions of time, history and transcultural references, it reveals the multitude of layers that make up the richness of history of contemporary dance.

Trajal Harrell (b. 1973, Douglas, Georgia) has performed at Fondation Cartier, Paris (2021); Holland Festival, Amsterdam (2020); The Kitchen, New York (2018); American Realness Festival, ICA Boston, Boston (2018); Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2018); Tanz im August, Berlin (2017); REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles (2014); Festival d’Automne, Paris (2013); TBA Festival, Portland (2013) and Panorama Festival, Rio de Janeiro (2012). He lives and works in Athens, Greece.

Trajal Harrell
© Photo : Orpheas Emirzas