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Trajal Harrell (US)

Maggie The Cat

Would you believe it, there once were patriarchs who were addressed as ‘Big Daddy’, like the plantation owner Harvey Pollitt in Tennessee Williams’ play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. First performed in the mid-1950s, the Southern drama was made into a film a few years later, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in the leading roles. New York choreographer Trajal Harrell uses the play as a starting point and explains: “I’ve always wanted to do this piece because I’ve been working on catwalk movements for a long time and on how to translate them into dance vocabulary.” Catwalk and Maggie, the cat, meet in a colourful, fashion-oriented performance that is characteristic of Harrell’s work. The focus of this group piece is entirely on the black servants in the patriarch’s house, Harrell himself plays a ‘Big Mama’ who dances and raps. Beautiful fabrics and cushions are piled up on his stage, and, given that the piece revolves around the catwalk, you can expect a good helping of voguing to hot music – from Bruce Springsteen to Mulatu Astatke through to Julio Iglesias.

Austrian Premiere
Duration: 60 Minutes

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venue:
Akademietheater
dates:
Jul 16, 2021, 21:00
Jul 18, 2021, 19:30

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