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Doc 016: Trajal Harrell

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The inside ingredients stay the same but every so often, the ziplock bag needs to be changed. It’s best when it feels slightly new and not soggy from too much bump and grind in the bottom of my bags. Yet, the brand new pair of black socks, the black grosgrain ribbon belt, and black silk tie keep the honor code. We are available in case of emergency funeral. My mother does not have to worry that I will show up looking disrespectful. I know I’ve used this emergency kit once but the socks here are new. Never worn. Still with the cardboard casing.

Trajal Harrell is an American dancer and choreographer. He came to visibility 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. Harrell’s performances have been presented in festivals in France (Festival d’Automne in Paris, Festival d’Avignon), New York (Performa 11), Manchester (Manchester International Festival), Vienna, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, Montréal, and the Netherlands, and in countless venues across the United States. He has performed in numerous cultural venues like MoMA, New Museum, MoMA PS1, Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Barbican Center, the Fundação Serralves, Centre Pompidou-Metz and Paris, Kanal Pompidou, Art Basel, Lafayette Anticipations, and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. Currently, his company is based in the Schauspielhaus Zurich, where he continues a long-term research in the aesthetic relationship between early modern dance and Japanese butoh dance.


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