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Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (S)

Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (S)

A meditation on how all of us perform — sometimes reinforcing, sometimes subverting — the shifting categories of gender, sexuality and race.

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What we wrote about it at the time: In turns smart, sensuous and stark, (S) is a stripped down, solo performance of ‘twenty looks’. Together they create a rich, imaginary space in which to examine: fashion and the evolution of Cool; race, gender and class; and dance history’s canonisation of Judson and relative neglect of voguing; all staged on a runway as an ode to both traditions’ interest in walking.

I am most interested in how the imagination can re-think the “omissions” of history. In this way, performance can be a way in which we collectively reimagine the impossibilities of history and thus make room for new possibilities in the world we make today.
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Trajal’s works Quartet for the End of Time, Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (S), along with (M)imosa were chosen by TimeOut-NY Magazine as one of the best dances of 2008, 2009, and 2011, respectively.

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Trajal Harell dances in a sports top and shorts in a theatre space

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal Harell poses, one wrist cocked, in a apron

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal as his arms are wide, whilst wearing an apron and washing gloves

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal in yellow shades screens his face with his hands as he walks in the space

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal holds a paint brush in his mouth as he walks in the space

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal Harrell poses wearing yellow tracksuit, hands in pockets

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal Harrell poses with bent knees whilst sticking out their tongue

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal Harell dances in a sports top and shorts in a theatre space

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal Harell poses, one wrist cocked, in a apron

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal as his arms are wide, whilst wearing an apron and washing gloves

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal in yellow shades screens his face with his hands as he walks in the space

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal holds a paint brush in his mouth as he walks in the space

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal Harrell poses wearing yellow tracksuit, hands in pockets

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward

Trajal Harrell poses with bent knees whilst sticking out their tongue

▴ Credit: Alex Woodward