Trajal Harrell

Profile

The American choreographer and dancer Trajal Harrell (Douglas, Georgia, 1973) is one of the most important choreographers of his generation. He rose to fame thanks to a series of works in which he combined a speculative view of history and canon with the idiom of post-modern dance, augmented with multiple elements from contemporary pop culture. For instance, he immersed himself in postmodern dance history and the voguing ballroom scene. In 2016 Harrell completed an Annenberg Residency at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art in New York), where he focused on the work of the Japanese founder of butoh dance, Tatsumi Hijikata. In 2018, Harrell was named ‘Dancer of the Year’ by the renowned German magazine Tanz. He subsequently created the introspective performance entitled Dancer of the Year in which he reflects on what winning this kind of award means and what exactly his role is as a dancer and a choreographer working on the intersection between various styles and cultures.

Education

American Studies at Yale University

Trisha Brown School

Centre National de la Danse, Paris

City College of San Francisco

Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance

Major work

2009-2014 The Judson Church series

2013 Used Abused and Hung Out to Dry

2015 The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai

2015 The Return of La Argentina

2015 The Return of The Modern Dance

2016 In The Mood for Frankie

2016 Caen Amour

2017 Juliet & Romeo

2018 Morning in Byzantium

2018 Dancer of the Year

2019 Séance de Travail 

2020 The Köln Concert

2020 Porca Miseria

Prizes and awards

2008 Quartet for the End of Time, ‘Best dance production’ - Time Out New York

2018 ‘Dancer of the Year’ - Tanz Magazine

Previously featured at the Holland Festival

2014 Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure) / Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M

2015 The Return of The Modern Dance

Previously featured at the Holland Festival

2014 Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure) / Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M

2015 The Return of The Modern Dance