Trajal Harrell

Troubled but tough, unloved but unbowed, Maggie the Cat is the captivating focus of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Now, acclaimed American choreographer Trajal Harrell places Maggie centre stage in his magnetic new dance work, a dazzling and provocative fusion of high art and pop culture which premiered at MIF19.

Set to a soundtrack ranging from electro and pop to classical music, Maggie the Cat addresses power, gender, rejection and inclusion through the prism of one of modern theatre’s most celebrated characters. Influenced by everything from ancient Greek theatre to the Harlem voguing underground, it’s challenging, tragic, entertaining – and ultimately joyous.

Part one of a trilogy inspired by women who had to navigate treacherous waters to gain or retain their power, Maggie the Cat is a brilliant new work from one of contemporary dance’s most inspired and inspiring artists.

Produced by Manchester International Festival.

Maggie the Cat forms one part of a trilogy, Porca Miseria, commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Schauspielhaus Zürich, ONASSIS STEGI, Kampnagel (Hamburg), Holland Festival, the Barbican and Dance Umbrella, NYU Skirball, Berliner Festspiele and The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi.

Premiered during MIF19: Thu 11 Jul 2019 and Sat 13 Jul 2019.


Maggie the Cat trailer


Trajal Harrell on Maggie the Cat


International presentations


4 – 5 Oct 2019



29 Jun 2021

La Manufacture


16 and 18 Jul 2021



23 Jul 2021

Biennale de la Danza

New York

27 – 29 Oct 2022

NYU Skirball Center


14 – 16 December 2023

Festival d'Automne à Paris


  • Applause doesn’t seem quite enough; it’s a thrilling work, both free and beautifully structured, profound and exhilarating. It’s part of a trilogy that will come back to Manchester in 2021 and I can’t wait to see the rest.

  • Masterly timing and aesthetic flair. Through rhythmic juxtaposition and perfect pacing, he creates alternating states of chaos and calm, of joy and excitement, bewilderment and bathos. They are all Maggie, and they are all superb.

  • A joyous and victorious act of playfulness.

    Manchester Evening News

Cast and Creatives

Trajal Harrell – Direction, Choreography, Costume Design & Sound Design
Erik Flatmo & Trajal Harrell – Set Design
Stéfane Perraud – Lighting Design
Lennart Boyd Schürmann – Director’s Assistant
Katinka Deecke – Dramaturgy

Trajal Harrell
Stephanie Amurao
Helan Boyd Auerbach
Vânia Doutel Vaz
Rob Fordeyn
Christopher Matthews
Nasheeka Nedsreal
Perle Palombe
Songhay Toldon
Ondrej Vidlar
Tiran Normanson

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