In summer 2017 Trajal Harrell will present a survey of his entire body of work in the Barbican Art Gallery. One of the most prominent choreographers and dancers of his generation, Harrell will create a performative dance exhibition that will foreground a body of work developed during his two year residency at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The centrepiece of this exhibition will be Caen Amour, which uses the seductive hoochie coochie belly dance-like spectacles from the nineteenth century as its starting point.
Harrell is best known for Twenty Looks or Paris is Burningat The Judson Church where he created a lively dialogue between post-modern dance and New York’s voguing scene. Often working with historical imagination as a way to rethink how to process and interpret our pasts, Harrell’s performances are exquisitely crafted blends of fact and fiction which query the very nature of performance itself. This will be a unique opportunity to explore and discover the playfulness, creativity and sass inherent in Harrell’s works over the last fifteen years.
I'm thrilled to have the first survey of my work exhibited at The Barbican. I think the work and the public can meet there in new and invigorating ways. Trajal Harrell