American Realness: Trajal Harrell presents "Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (S)"
Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (S)
Friday, January 6, 7:00pm Saturday, January 7, 10:00pm Tuesday, January 10, 5:30pm
Run Time: 55 minutes
Abrons Arts Center, Playhouse
466 Grand Street / Tickets $20 / AbronsArtsCenter.org
Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church is Trajal Harrell’s epic series of works presenting a new critical position on postmodern dance aesthetics emanating from the Judson Church period. “What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the voguing ball scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?” is the central question of the series. From 2009 to today Harrell has developed seven works as an imaginary meeting between the aesthetics of Judson and those of a parallel historical tradition, that of Voguing. Rather than illustrating a historical fiction, these works transplant this proposition into a contemporary context, here and now. With this body of work Trajal Harrell re-writes the minimalism and neutrality of postmodern dance with a new set of signs.
A solo for Harrell, (S)/Small is the first work in the series. Twenty Looks or Paris Burning at the Judson Church (S) was co-produced by Workspace Brussels/Working Title Festival, Danspace Project, The New Museum, Crossing the Line Festival 2009. Additional support provided by the 2009-2010 Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative with support from the Jerome Foundation, The Alfred Meyer Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and The Map Fund/Rockefeller Foundation. Residency support for Twenty Looks or Paris Burning at the Judson Church(S) has been provided by Workspace Brussels and Tanzhaus Düsseldorf.
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