The last time Trajal Harrell visited Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival in 2014, he created a dialogue between post-modern dance and New York’s voguing scene in his performance, (M)imosa, Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church. This time he creates an encounter between the pioneer of early modern dance, Loïe Fuller, the instigator of butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata, Comme des Garçons founder, Rei Kawakubo and the hoochie coochie. These seductive belly dance spectacles performed in Eastern costumes first emerged at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, as the precursor to vaudeville and striptease. In Caen Amour, Harrell explores a moment in dance history when female artists presented performances at the crossroads between entertainment, erotic dancing and early experiments in modern dance.
- Norwegian premiere
Trajal Harrell’s work borrows equally from art and dance history, fashion, pop culture, and the avant-garde. It has been presented in venues and visual art contexts around the world, including MoMA PS1 (New York), ICA (Boston)and Centre Pompidou (Paris).