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Deathbed

** The 19 March peformance has unfortunately been cancelled. Please contact Schauspielhaus Zürich regarding purchased tickets. **

Sa 19.03.
20:00

A Schauspielhaus Zürich production in collaboration with Kunsthalle Zürich.

Deathbed (2022) is part of the Porca Miseria trilogy, 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.

Trajal Harrell and ten dancers were rehearsing the final part of Trajal Harrell’s trilogy Porca Miseria for three weeks when the first lockdown of March 2020 brought events to an abrupt halt. Exactly two years later, Deathbed will (hopefully!) celebrate its premiere in Zurich. In his highly acclaimed choreographic work, Harrell explores alternative readings of dance history by juxtaposing American early postmodern dance with other modes of performativity, including performative strategies borrowed from the Voguing competitions at the Harlem Ballrooms, for instance, and from the fashion catwalk. In his latest piece, Harrell brings together his memory of Katherine Dunham and the aesthetic relationship to death and ritual characteristic of butoh. African-American dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham, renowned for creating a space for African and Caribbean dance traditions and ritual on the concert dance stage, travelled the world with her own dance company in the 1940s and 50s. However, she was also an activist who went on a hunger strike against the deportation from the United States of Haitian refugees and who fought fervently for equal rights in her own country.

The performance takes place at Kunsthalle Zürich, but tickets are exclusively available via Schauspielhaus Zürich.

The performance is ongoing. Two loops of approximately 1h each. Arrival in time is recommended to see the whole performance. Last entrance 9.15 pm.

An introduction to Deathbed is offered on 11 March, 18 March, 23 March and 25 March 15 7.30 pm.

Agenda

Trajal Harrell

Fr 04.03.
20:00

Premiere: Deathbed

Sa 05.03.
20:00

Deathbed

Su 06.03.
20:00

Deathbed

Th 10.03.
20:00

Dancer of the Year

Fr 11.03.
20:00

Deathbed

Sa 12.03.
20:00

Deathbed

Su 13.03.
20:00

Deathbed

We 16.03.
19:00

Dancer of the Year

Th 17.03.
20:00

Deathbed

Fr 18.03.
20:00

Deathbed

Sa 19.03.
20:00

Deathbed

Tu 22.03.
20:00

Dancer of the Year

We 23.03.
20:00

Deathbed

Th 24.03.
20:00

Deathbed

Fr 25.03.
20:00

Deathbed

Sa 26.03.
20:00

Dancer of the Year

Th 31.03.
20:00

Dancer of the Year