Trajal Harrell, Dancer of the year

In 2018 Tanz Magazine selected Trajal Harrell as "Dancer of the Year". This honorary distinction and the thoughts on the (self)-esteem that it arouses are the starting point of a solo.
Trajal Harrell rubs against the perilous exercise of (self)-representation. He compares his singularity, his aesthetic and this honorary distinction which triggers in him a double questioning : what does such a designation mean for dance? What does dance mean to him?

Choreography, dance, sound and costume design: Trajal Harrell
Dramaturgy: Sara Jansen
Production: Cause Célèbre zvw / Co-production: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Impulstanz Festival, Schauspielhaus Bochum, Bergen BIT, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Lafayette Anticipations
Performance created at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in may 2019. French opening.
Lafayette Anticipations
Friday 22 Oct 2021
from 07:15 pm to 08 pm
from 09 pm to 09:45 pm
Saturday 23 Oct 2021
from 07:15 pm to 08 pm
from 09 pm to 09:45 pm

Lafayette Anticipations
Trajal Harrell, "Dancer of the Year" © Marc Domage


Trajal Harrel is a north American choreographer and dancer who studied at Trisha Brown School, National Dance Center (Yvonne Rainer), City College San Francisco and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.
His shows have been performed in New York and elsewhere in the United States, in theaters such as The Kitchen and in international festivals such as the Festival d’Automne à Paris, Holland Festival in Amsterdam and Impulstanz in Vienna. His performances have also been presented in places dedicated to the visual arts, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

With a very imaginative approach to history, he reinterprets our past or rather the history of dance. His research is based on the dialogue between post-modern dance and the New York voguing scene. Thus his imagination misunderstands chronological, geographical and cultural distances.