Boundary-breaking role-play

Porca Miseria

Trajal Harrell

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.

programme

part 1 - Maggie the Cat: starting time 4 p.m.  

interval

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.  

interval

part 3 - O Medea: end time 11 p.m. the latest

Both intervals take app. 1 hour

Credits

Maggie the Cat
dance
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
dance
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
dance
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