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Dancer of the Year by Trajal Harrell (US)

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3 May @ 20.00 (doors open @ 19.00)

Dancer of the Year by Trajal Harrell (US)

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Dancer of the Year 

Trajal Harrell 

Trajal Harrell presents his solo, Dancer of the Year. Over the last two decades the American choreographer has been reimagining the history of contemporary dance and its subcultures through a series of transgressively original works for the stage and gallery spaces. This new full-length work is a response to his own selection as 'dancer of the year' by Tanz magazine in 2018. The award triggers a process of reflection, both on his personal journey and on the value of dance as a practice. Urgent questions of cultural transmission return in this powerfully emotional solo: the legacy of Butoh and of the Japanese choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata are exposed and interrogated, raising questions about the politics of performing dance and any kind of selfie. 

Trajal Harrell came to contemporary dance world fame with the Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church series of works, which theoretically juxtaposed the voguing dance tradition with the early postmodern dance tradition. He is now considered one of the most important international choreographers working today. His work has been presented at the Manchester International Festival, Center National de la Danse Paris, Walker Arts Center, Schauspielhaus Bochum, and Munich Kammerspiele, among many others. He has also shown performance work in visual art contexts such as MoMA PS1, Perfoma Biennial, Ludwig Museum, Hammer Museum, Center Pompidou. Most recently, he has become well-known for "Hoochie Koochie", the first survey (1999-2016) and performance exhibition of his work, at the Barbican, in 2017.  

Choreography, performance, costumes, sound design: Trajal Harrell 

Dramaturgy: Sara Jansen 

Production: CauseCélèbre vzw 

Coproduction: KunstenfestivaldesArts, Kanal – Center Pompidou, Impulsstanz Festival, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Bit Theatergarasjen, Festival d'Automne à Paris, Lafayette Anticipation, Museum Ludwig, Dampfzentrale Bern and Schauspielhaus Zürich 

Distribution: Art Happens 

Photo credit: Orpheas Emirzas