Trajal Harrell: Caen Amour

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Trajal Harrell returns to The Kitchen—where in 2014 he presented the entirety of his acclaimed Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church series—with the NY premiere of Caen Amour. His latest work reimagines the hoochie koochie, an erotic dance that was first popularized by the Syrian dancer Little Egypt. Her 1893 performance at the Chicago World’s Fair spawned a number of imitators trying on an “oriental” style of dance. From the early 20th century through the 1980s, it was performed in traveling shows and fairs throughout the US. From the hoochie koochie’s exoticizing, sexually objectifying foundations, Harrell writes that he mines for “forms of creative resistance between the cracks of history.” So emerges a crossroads of a contemporary hoochie koochie show, fashion runway, and dance laboratory; stage, catwalk, and dressing room; a museum piece for the historical imagination. Presented as part of the Crossing The Line Festival, produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

September 18—19, 7pm and 9pm. $25 General / $20 Members. 

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The Kitchen’s presentation of Trajal Harrell: Caen Amour is made possible with support from Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, and The Harkness Foundation for Dance; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Caen Amour received co-production support from Kampnagel (Hamburg), Festival Avignon, Theater Freiburg, Arsenic (Lausanne), Gessnerallee (Zurich), ICA Boston, Kaaitheater (Brussels), Productiehuis Rotterdam, and Barbican Centre Visual Art Gallery (London). Also supported by TANZFONDS ERBE—an initiative of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Crossing The Line is a citywide festival that engages international artists and New York City audiences in artistic discovery and critical dialogue to re-imagine the world around us. Crossing The Line is produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in partnership with leading cultural institutions.

Photo: Orpheas Emirzas

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