Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie
20 July – 13 August 2017
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Dance and music blend in a changing, continuous programme of live performance and video across a three-week period.
Choreographer and performer Trajal Harrell creates dialogues between contrasting cultures through dance, meshing ideas and movements from a range of styles including Japanese butoh, vogueing, classical Greek, modern and postmodern dance, and many more. In Hoochie Koochie, he presents 14 performances across a changing, daily series of events, some featuring Harrell himself.
Incorporating everything from minimalist dance to showpony, bellydance to ballroom, Harrell’s work encourages us to rethink historical scenarios, starting from the premise that history is always partly a fiction and inviting us to explore ideas around the body, gender, race, sexuality and culture. He comes to the Barbican after a recent two-year residency at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Hoochie Koochie spans almost two decades of his work.
Events include live performance, film screenings, and a vogueing workshop and ball.