Maggie the Cat

    04/09  | 19:30
    05/09  | 15:00
    05/09  | 19:30

€ 20 / € 17

Because the United Kingdom has designated Belgium as a red zone as a result of Covid-19, Trajal Harrell's company will unfortunately not be able to play on the announced dates in Brussels. Those who have already bought a ticket will be contacted and reimbursed.

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. Harrell’s Maggie The Cat is inspired by Maggie, the troubled 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. For the performance he created an interior that ranges through the kitchen and the parlour, the bedroom and the veranda, simultaneously revealing and deconstructing the social fabric of a segregated society, while dancing, voguing and celebrating the American South. The night-on-the-town soundtrack is equally at home in the nightclub and the theatre. After his highly acclaimed solo Dancer of the Year which he presented at the festival last year, he returns to Brussels to share a graceful choreography danced with sheets, pillows and home furnishings. As if he had been locked up in an apartment for three months with the performers and this performance exploded from it. A joyful statement about the invisible borders in people’s homes and a story that makes us travel to the hidden spaces of a canonical classic.

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-Les Halles de Schaerbeek

Direction, Choreography, Costume Design, Co-Set Design and Sound Design: Trajal Harrell
Co-Set Design: Erik Flatmo
Lighting Design: Stéfane Perraud
Dramaturgy: Katinka Deecke
Dancers: Trajal Harrell, Helan Boyd Auerbach, Perle Palombe, Rob Fordeyn, Vânia Doutel Vaz, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Christopher Matthew, Tiran Normanson, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar

Producer: Axel Satgé
Wardrobe Manager: Sally Heard
Production Manager: Steve Wald and Paul Moore
Lighting Technician: Andrew Wynne
Sound Technician: Melvin Coote                                       

A Manchester International Festival production

Maggie the Cat forms one part of a trilogy, Porca Miseria, commissioned by: Manchester International Festival, Schauspielhaus Zürich, ONASSIS STEGI, Kampnagel (Hamburg), Holland Festival, the Barbican and Dance Umbrella, NYU Skirball, Berliner Festspiele and The Arts Centre at NYU Abu Dhabi

Maggie the Cat premiered at Manchester International Festival in July 2019

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Trajal Harrell (1973, Douglas - USA) came to visibility with the Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church series of works which theoretically juxtaposed the voguing dance tradition with the early postmodern dance tradition. He is now considered as one of the most important choreographers of his generation. In 2016, he completed a two-year Annenberg Residency at MoMA, where he has turned his attention to the work of the Japanese founder of butoh dance, Tatsumi Hijikata. By looking at butoh through voguing's theoretical lens of "realness" and modern dance through the theoretical lens of butoh, Harrell is creating a number of works which combine a speculative view of history and the archive with contemporary dance practice and composition. His pieces includes Used Abused and Hung Out to Dry (2013), The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai (2015), The Return of La Argentina (2016), In the Mood for Frankie (2016), Caen Amour (2016), Juliet and Romeo (2017) and Morning in Byzantium (2018). Most recently, he created a group of pieces made for museums and galleries, including Okidoki (2018), Everything Not In It’s Right Place II (2018) and Everything Not in It’s Right Place (2018).

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