The Deathbed of Katherine Dunham (2020)

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The Deathbed of Katherine Dunham (2020)


Kunsthalle Zürich
Limmatstrasse 270
CH-8005 Zürich

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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.



With Titilayo Adebayo, Frances Chiaverini, Challenge Gumbotete, Trajal Harrell, Josh Johnson, Christopher Matthews, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Perle Palombe, Dila Watten Raworth, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar

Staging & Choreography: Trajal Harrell
Stage Design: Erik Flatmo, Trajal Harrell
Costumes: Stephen Galloway
Music: Trajal Harrell
Light: Stéfane Perraud
Dramaturgy: Sara Jansen, Katinka Deecke
Audience Development: Mathis Neuhaus
Theatre Pedagogy: Katarina Tereh
Production Assistant: Maja Renn
Stage Design Assistant: Ann-Kathrin Bernstetter, Natascha Leonie Simons
Costume Assistant: Liv Senn

A production of Schauspielhaus Zürich.
The Deathbed of Katherine Dunham is part of the trilogy Porca Miseria, commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Onassis Stegi, Kampnagel Hamburg, Holland Festival, Barbican, Dance Umbrella, NYU Skirball, Berliner Festspiele & The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi.

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