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The Köln Concert
Recording: 2022-08-27 , HAU1 Hebbel am Ufer (Video © Bickmann & Kolde GbR)

Trajal Harrell, Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble

The Köln Concert

Tanz im August | HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Production Details / Press Releases

Inspired by voguing and ballroom culture, American choreographer Trajal Harrell interprets Keith Jarrett’s famous piano solo. On stage with six phenomenal performers from his newly founded Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble, Harrell brings a delicate choreography interwoven with references from modern dance, classical antiquity and butoh. With an intro to music by Joni Mitchell, the dancers transform into unusual and autonomous beings who defy their abandonment in moments of sadness, sensuality and struggle.

American choreographer Trajal Harrell gained global recognition with his series “Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church” (2009–2017), which brought together the ballroom dance style and tradition of voguing with postmodern dance. His artistic interests have since extended to Butoh, literature and Ancient Greek tragedies. He tours his works in theatres and exhibition venues worldwide and in 2016 he completed the two-year Annenberg Residency at MoMa, New York. Since 2019 Trajal Harrell is in-house director at Schauspielhaus Zürich. Tanz im August welcomes him back as a regular guest of the festival.

[Source: play bill]

TFB Nr. 1681

Cast & Credits

Choreography: Trajal Harrell
With: Titilayo Adebayo, Maria Ferreira Silva, Trajal Harrell, Thibault Lac, Nojan Bodas Mair, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar
Stage, soundtrack & costume design: Trajal Harrell
Music: Keith Jarrett, Joni Mitchell
Lighting design: Sylvain Rausa
Dramaturgy: Katinka Deecke
Production assistance: Camille Roduit, Maja Renn
Stage assistance: Ann-Kathrin Bernstetter, Natascha Leonie Simons
Costume assistance: Ulf Brauner, Miriam Schliehe
Stage manager: Michael Durrer
Production internship: Moritz Lienhard
Stage internship: Reina Guyer
Tour manager & international relations: Björn Pätz & ART HAPPENS
Production: Zurich Theater

Tanz im August 2022
Artistic Director: Virve Sutinen
Executive Producer Festival: Stefan Nagel
Curator & Producer: Andrea Niederbuchner
Producer & Assistant to Artistic Director: Alina Scheyrer-Lauer
Producer: Ekaterina Voronova
Production Assistant: Johanna Herrschmann
Production Associates: Vivien Hohnholz, John Hoobyar, Mmakgosi Kgabi, Raquel Moreira, Lilli Ruopp, Tammo Walter
Technical Director Festival: Ingo Ruggenthaler
Tanz im August is a festival by HAU Hebbel am Ufer, funded by the Capital Cultural Fund.

HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU1)

Stresemannstr. 29
10963 Berlin

Tickets: +49 (0)30 259 004 27

Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

Trajal Harrell / Trailers and Video Documentations

Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble / Trailers and Video Documentations

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