Voguing, Japanese butoh, ancient Greek theatre performance art and contemporary dance – the American choreographer Trajal Harrell conjures up his elegant, subtle vocabulary from 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's 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: starting time 4 p.m.
part 2 - The Deathbed of Katherine Dunham:
starting time app. 6 p.m.
The Deathbed of Katherine Dunham will be created in 2020. It's a continuing performance / installation. You are free to walk in and out. The definitive length of this part will be announced later.
part 3 - O Medea: end time 11 p.m. the latest
Both intervals take app. 1 hour
- Maggie the Cat
- Trajal Harrell, Stephanie Amurao, Helen Boyd Auerbach, Rob Fordeyn, Christopher Matthews, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Tiran Normanson, Perle Palmobe, Songhay Toldon, Vânia Doutel Vaz a.k.a. Odete Odd, Ondrej Vidlar
- The Deathbed of Katherine Dunham
- Trajal Harrell, Titilayo Adebayo, Helen Boyd Auerbach, Frances Chiaverini, Rob Fordeyn, Challenge Gumbodete, Christopher Matthews, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Tiran Normanson, Perle Palombe, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar
- O Medea
- Trajal Harrell, Titilayo Adebayo, Frances Chiaverini, Maria Ferreira Silva, Vânia Doutel Vaz a.k.a. Odete Odd
- produced by
- 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