Staging & Choreography: Trajal Harrell
Trajal Harrell, taking a cue from the voguing dance tradition, pays tribute to ‘bitches’. His epic trilogy Porca Miseria brings together three women from literature and history who were dismissed and attacked, and who responded to these brutal assaults with a determined mix of pride and combativeness: Medea, who was sent into exile and murdered her own children, the unapproachable and explosive Maggie from Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and the Afro-American choreographer Katherine Dunham, who was not only the teacher of Eartha Kitt, James Dean and Marlon Brando, but also a civil rights activist who went on hunger strike to defend refugee rights. Trajal Harrell visited Katherine Dunham on her deathbed in 2006 in New York. Based on this first and last encounter, and on the questions that Harrell failed to ask her on this occasion, he will now develop a dance-performance-installation for the Kunsthalle Zürich. The Deathbed of Katherine Dunham will be created as the final part of Porca Miseria and will, following its world premiere in Zurich, travel around the world together with O Medea, which was premiered at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens, and with Maggie the Cat, which was first shown at the Manchester International Festival.