Made in USA | Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure) / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

Made in USA | Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)

Trajal Harrell

Made in USA

13-14 NOV 2016
Upper Stage
1 hour and 10 minutes
What could post-modern dance have in common with voguing, the flashy dance hybrid which exploded out of Harlem in the late 60s? The radical choreographer Trajal Harrell poses a provocative, hypothetical question with a view to exploring how history is constructed and interpreted.
Full price: 10 €
Reduced, Friends, Small groups (5-9 people): 8 €
Large groups (10+ people): 7 €
People with disabilities, Unemployed: 5 €
Companions: 8 €
Combo 4 tickets for "The Record" performance: 5 € per ticket
Combo 1+1: 5 € per ticket for selected performances of "Made in USA" festival: "A Piece of Work", "Age & Beauty Part 1", "Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem", "Phone Homer", "Tell Me Love Is Real", "The Record"
What could post-modern dance have in common with voguing, the flashy dance hybrid which exploded out of Harlem in the late 60s, apart from the fact that both emerged in a period of social and artistic experimentation in the course of which the body regained its political connotations? In Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (M2M) -a variation for three dancers on Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning, an in situ work which adapts to the different spaces in which it is performed- Trajal Harrell presents us with history that’s made-to-measure. The young, convention-flouting choreographer from New York sets out to arrange this encounter between voguing and post-modern dance, less to reproduce the feel of late 60s counter-culture than to put the body back centre stage as a core around which the Self can form and as a focal point for demanding the right to be different.

However, Harrell isn’t satisfied with simply (re)constructing a fictional history -he wants to engage the contemporary viewer by placing them on the cusp between these two worlds and offering them a History interpreted through the prism of the body. This conversion in space and time from ‘then’ to ‘now’ does more than restate the issues surrounding the performance of history and the social processes that shape the body; it also proposes -through the marrying of heterogeneous dance styles- a queer way of seeing which has the power to reveal sources of meaning in the ruptures created by contradictions: how does the body ‘read’ historical events?


Choreographer: Trajal Harrell
Dancers: Trajal Harrell, Thibault Lac, Ondrej Vidlar
Costume Design: complexgeometries
Sound Design Trajal Harrell
Co-Production: Danspace Project for Platform 2012: Judson@50, MoMA PS1, and Hau Hebbel am Ufer
Residency support provided by Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival
The commission for Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M) is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation and by Danspace Project’s 2012-2013 Commissioning Initiative, which receives major support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Premiere: 11-13 October 2012 - Danspace Project, New York

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Monday 14 November
After performance talk with Trajal Harrell
Chaired by Giorgos Mitropoulos, journalist

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