Legendary with a Twist

Trajal Harrell

Artist Bio

Legendary with a Twist is an evening-length dance performance about a chance meeting between a young Japanese choreographer and a young French choreographer in 1970’s New York City, loosely based on the lives of Tatsumi Hijikata and Dominique Bagouet. Using the historical and political backdrops of their contemporary times and lives, Trajal Harrell builds an imaginary history in which these two artists lay their personal lives on the line and debate the value of dance in the popular imagination across cultural divides. Using choreography, text and song, the tale weaves itself through truth and make-believe, with the myth of New York City in the starring role.

Dance, Theater
Award Year

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Trajal Harrell

Trajal Harrell

New York, NY

Trajal Harrell’s work has been presented at New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, American Realness Festival, ICA Boston, Danspace Project, Crossing the Line Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, PS 122, Cornell University and Colorado College, among others. Internationally, his work has toured in France, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Poland, Croatia, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Portugal and Mexico, and has been presented in international festivals such as Rencontres Chorégraphiques and Festival d’Avignon (France); Impulstanz (Vienna); Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro); and FTA (Montreal), among others. Harrell has also shown work in visual art contexts such as the New Museum, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, Margulies Art Warehouse (Miami), Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts and Art Basel Miami Beach. He is the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship and his work Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (L) was a New York Dance and Performance ”Bessie” Award winner for Outstanding Production in 2012.