Trajal Harrell

In Performance: Trajal Harrell, Caen Amour (Tanz im August)

Caen Amour Trajal Harrell Tanz im August, HAU2 August 17-19 “Hoochie in the front, koochie in the back,” explains the chipper woman who takes the stage early in Caen Amour to walk us through the performance. She is referring to the hoochie-koochie show, a pastiche of so-called “oriental” and “exotic” dance styles that emerged in the U.S. in the early twentieth century, which provides the framework for Trajal Harrell’s piece. Her statement also playfully introduces us to the performance’s bifurcated playing area, created by a flat backdrop (with one doorway and a shadow-play window) cutting across the middle of the space. On one side is the show proper: dancers enter through the doorway, shake and strut their way across the stage, and make a tantalizing exit on the other side of the wall. O...

In Performance: Trajal Harrell, Twenty Looks…(S) (American Realness)

American Realness Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (S) Trajal Harrell (USA) Abrons Arts Center, Playhouse 466 Grand St January 6-10 The stage of the Abrons Playhouse has been transformed into a runway, a black strip running down the center of a white rectangle. There is an informal but buzzy vibe as the sold-out audience climbs the stairs onto the stage and takes its place on three sides of the runway. Are we attending a fashion show, a social event, an artistic performance? The space begins to articulate the intentions of Trajal Harrell’s solo, a remounting of the first work in his Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church series. Further guidance is provided by a leaflet that Harrell himself hands out at the beginning of the performance, which lists the t...

In Performance: 20 Dancers for the XX Century at MOMA (NYC)

20 Dancers for the XX Century Friday, October 18, 2013, 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013, 12:00 p.m. Sunday, October 20, 2013, 12:00 p.m. MOMA 11 WEST 53 STREET NEW YORK, NY 10019 20 Dancers for the XX Century(2012/2013) presents a living archive. Twenty performers from different generations perform, recall, appropriate, and transmit acclaimed yet forgotten solo works of the last century that were originally conceived or performed by some of the most significant modernist and postmodernist dancers, choreographers, and performance artists. Each performer presents his or her own museum, where the body is the ultimate space for the dance museum. Hence there is neither a stage nor a demarcation of performance space. Rather, the performers circulate freely between the Museum’s Marron Atriu...

Highlights- APAP MEGA Listings: UTR, Coil, American Realness, and Off The Map

As we move into this next exciting week of too many shows to possible see during the APAP conference, Under The Radar Festival, Coil Festival, American Realness Festival, and some non-festival performances that are “Off The Map”, we’ve put together our master highlights list. Good Luck and post back and let us know what you thought of the shows. Off the Map ATTA BOY by Brian Bauman Thurs. Jan 13 @ 8pm Fri. Jan 14 @ 8pm Sat. Jan 15 @ 8pm Wild Project 195 East 3rd Street Tickets are $15. To reserve your seats, email brian@perfectdisgrace.com ATTA BOY follows Homer, a middle-aged Pakistani-American engineer, and Matthew, a surly teenaged outcast, as they meet for secret rendezvous at a local holiday inn. This is no ordinary affair. The play is a collage performance, and inco...

Highlights: Festival Overload (NYC)

Over the next two weeks 5 festivals and multiple showings of contemporary performance will be presented along side the annual APAP convention. Its a great opportunity to catch some local, national and international work. American Realness Festival (Abrons Arts Center & others) Under the Radar (The Public & others) COIL Festival (PS122) Other Forces (Ontological) Culturemart (Here) and APAP showings at DTW Here are our highlights of the festivals. AMERICAN REALNESS A Festival of Contemporary Performance January 8-11, 2010 MIGUEL GUTIERREZ AND THE POWERFUL PEOPLE Last Meadow Last Meadow is a new evening length work using original choreography and writing mixed with stuff from James Dean’s three movies to look at the myth of America the father, and confusion as a potentially transform...

Featured: American Realness Festival (NYC)

AMERICAN REALNESS A Festival of Contemporary Performance January 8-11, 2010 At a time when international perspectives of American dance hang onto Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown, and too many American performing arts presenters are afraid of dance that traverses the heritage of lights and tights, AMERICAN REALNESS commands attention to the proliferation of choreographic practices transcending the traditions and expanding the definition of American dance and performance. REALNESS: A slang term born from the LGBT community defined by the ability of a drag queen, transgender or other LGBT person to look like or pass as the opposite gender. AMERICAN REALNESS: An expansion of REALNESS beyond gender roles into style, ways of life and art making. AMERICAN REALNESS presents and highlights the wo...