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