Porca Miseria 1 - Maggie the Cat

Trajal Harrell

Contemporary dance, voguing, Japanese butoh, ancient Greek theatre, performance art – the American choreographer Trajal Harrell conjures up his elegant, subtle vocabulary from the influence of 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 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 performance piece.

part 1: Maggie the Cat
Part one of Harrell’s trilogy Porca Miseria is inspired by Maggie, the trou-bled but tough central character of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with Harrell shifting the perspective away from the rich white family to the African-American servants. The night-on-the-town soundtrack is equally at home in the nightclub and the theatre.


Katinka Deecke
Trajal Harrell, Stephanie Amurao, Helen Boyd Auerbach, Rob Fordeyn, Christopher Matthews, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Tiran Normanson, Perle Palmobe, Songhay Toldon, Vânia Doutel Vaz aka Odete Odd, Ondrej Vidlar
direction, choreography, costume, co-set design, sound
Trajal Harrell
co-set design
Erik Flatmo
Stéfane Perraud
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

This performance was made possible with support by