Tristram Kenton

About

Voguing, Japanese butoh, ancient Greek theatre performance art and contemporary dance – the American choreographer Trajal Harrell conjures up his elegant, subtle vocabulary from a wide range of genres. He bases his major new trilogy Porca Miseria on the stories and battles of three very different, but equally strong women: Maggie from Tennessee's Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the African-American choreographer and activist Katherine Dunham, and the Greek mythological Medea. Through them he explores issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and power in a compelling way, breaking the boundaries between dance, theatre and the visual arts. The first and last parts can be seen in a theatre setting, while the middle part is as much art installation as a performance piece.

One part of Porca Miseria – Maggie the Cat – had its world premiere as part of MIF19 and the full trilogy was premiered at Holland Festival in June 2022

International Presentations

London

12 – 14 May 2023

Barbican

Tickets available here.

Amsterdam

18 – 19 Jun 2022

Internationaal Theater Amsterdam, Holland Festival

Programme

Maggie the Cat

Dance

Trajal Harrell, Stephanie Amurao, Helen Boyd Auerbach, Rob Fordeyn, Christopher Matthews, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Tiran Normanson, Perle Palmobe, Songhay Toldon, Vânia Doutel Vaz a.k.a. Odete Odd, Ondrej Vidlar

Deathbed

Dance

Trajal Harrell, Titilayo Adebayo, Helen Boyd Auerbach, Frances Chiaverini, Rob Fordeyn, Challenge Gumbodete, Christopher Matthews, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Tiran Normanson, Perle Palombe, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar

O Medea

Dance

Trajal Harrell, Titilayo Adebayo, Frances Chiaverini, Maria Ferreira Silva, Vânia Doutel Vaz a.k.a. Odete Odd

Produced by Manchester International Festival

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Schauspielhaus Zürich, ONASSIS STEGI, Kampnagel, Holland Festival, the Barbican and Dance Umbrella, NYU Skirball, Berliner Festspiele and The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi

Credits

Produced by Manchester International Festival.

Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Schauspielhaus Zürich, ONASSIS STEGI, Kampnagel, Holland Festival, the Barbican and Dance Umbrella, NYU Skirball, Berliner Festspiele and The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi.

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