Thursday, May 18, 8 p.m. - TICKETS
Friday, May 19, 6:30 p.m. - TICKETS
Friday, May 19, 9 p.m. - TICKETS
Venue: Kammerspiele, Kammer 2
Running time: approximately 70 minutes
Admission price: € 16 / reduced admission price: € 10
Discussion with the artist on May 19th
On the stage is an ultralarge doll house, which the members of the audience can walk around later on in order to literally have a look backstage. Then one sees the dancers, how they change costumes and then step out of the doll house in always a different costume, how they pose, sway softly with their hips. They wrap themselves in cloths, gyrate their pelvises. The two men and their colleague are seductive. In their presentation they simultaneously superimpose stereotypes of what is exotic on contemporary methods of perceiving the body and gender, with current post-colonial and feminist debates in their luggage for discussion. In spite of the manifold references "Caen Amour" appears light-footed. The focus of the new show by Trajal Harrell, who mixed voguing with Antigone at the DANCE 2015 festival, is the hoochie coochie. The dance, which enjoyed a success around 1870 in the U.S. as a sexualized parody of belly dancing, signalized on the one hand nakedness, eroticism, and sexuality, and on the other hand also the experimental desire to dance. The American choreographer cleverly picks up on a time when modern dance invented itself and fed on ingredients from very different sources - from vaudeville and the circus, technology and Art Nouveau, fashion and exoticism. "I'm interested in the moment when modern dance was not yet established as an art form but rather was just developing and shaping, somewhere between artistic, popular, and commercial methods. I'm not an historian, I don't try to document or to restore something," says Trajal Harrell, who studied American studies at Yale and dance at different American universities. In 2012 he received the Bessie for his piece "Antigone Sr. Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (L)"; in 2014 he was an artist-in-residence at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York). He creates, curates, and teaches at the dance hot spots in Europe. "Caen Amour," for which he received a grant from Tanzfonds Erbe, was developed at Kampnagel in Hamburg. His link between the hoochie coochie and modern dance is a suggestion. And what a suggestion!
Choreographer: Trajal Harrell
Dancers: Trajal Harrell, Thibault Lac, Perle Palombe, Ondrej Vidlar
Lighting designer: Sylvain Rausa
Set designer: Jean Stephan Kiss
Sound designer: Trajal Harrell
Costume designers: Trajal Harrell and the dancers
Dramaturge: Sara Jansen
A coproduction with Kampnagel Hamburg; Festival Avignon; Theater Freiburg; Arsenic Lausanne; Gessnerallee Zürich; ICA Boston; Kaaitheater Brüssel; and Productiehuis Rotterdam.
Supported by Tanzfonds Erbe.