Antigone Sr. (L)

Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church takes a new critical position on postmodern dance aesthetics emanating from the Judson Church period. By developing his own work as an imaginary meeting between the aesthetics of Judson and those of a parallel historical tradition, that of Voguing (brought from the underground by the documentary film “Paris is Burning”) Trajal Harrell re-writes the minimalism and neutrality of postmodern dance with a new set of signs.

“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 in this new piece by the choreographer. Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning … will be produced in seven sizes, from extra small (XS) to extra large (XL). Rather than illustrating a historical fiction, these new works transplant this proposition into a contemporary context. What we experience was neither possible at The Balls nor at Judson.

In the case of Antigone Sr., the (L) in the series, Harrell re-imagines the classical theater of ancient Greece. Is it possible that voguing and this theater of antiquity were not so far apart in their performative strategies? Therefore, the central aesthetic question becomes: how do we vogue the play Antigone?

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Choreographer: Trajal Harrell
Dancers: Trajal Harrell, Stephen Thompson, Thibault Lac, Rob Fordeyn, Ondrej Vidlar
Set Designer: Erik Flatmo
Lighting Designer: Jan Maertens
Sound Designer: Robin Meier
Dramaturg: Gérard Mayen

Co-Production: New York Live Arts, CNDC Angers, and CCN Belfort

Residency Support: WpZimmer- Antwerp, Workspace Brussels, Pact Zollverein – Essen, Dansens Hus- Stockholm

Avant-Premiere: April 4, Dansens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden
Premiere: April 25-28, New York Live Arts, New York, NY

Length of Piece: 2:15 hours
Size of Audience: 300-1000 persons