Trajal Harrell came to fame for his choreography “Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church”, a series of works that contrast the tradition of voguing, which originally emerged out of African-American and homosexual club culture, and early postmodern dance. In recent times, he has been studying the work of the Japanese founder of Butoh dance, Tatsumi Hijikata. Nowadays, Harrell is internationally regarded as one of the most important choreographers of his generation. Harrell’s work has been shown both in the USA and internationally, including at: The Kitchen (NYC), New York Live Arts, TBA Festival (Portland), Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis), American Realness Festival, ICA Boston, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, LA’s Red Cat Theater, Festival d’Automne (Paris), Holland Festival of Amsterdam, Festival d’Avignon, Impulstanz (Vienna), Tanz im August (Berlin) and Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro). He has also staged numerous performances in the context of visual art including at: the MoMA, MoMA’s PS1, Performa Biennial, Fondation Cartier (Paris), The New Museum (New York), The Margulies Art Warehouse (Miami), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Serralves Museum (Porto), The Barbican Centre (London), Centre Pompidou Paris and Metz, ICA Boston and Art Basel-Miami Beach.
His first work at a German state theatre will be “Juliet & Romeo”, a cooperation with the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele in the Kammer 2.