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PERFORMANCE — As the culmination of his two-year Annenberg Research Commission Residency project In one step are a thousand animals at MOMA, Trajal Harrell continues his exploration of Tatsumi Hijikata in the new commissioned performance In the Mood for Frankie.

In this work, Harrell turns toward the figure of the muse, both in Hijikata's work and in Harrell's personal influences. This performance draws upon a diverse set of inspirations, including butoh dancer Yoko Ashikawa, modern dancer-choreographer Katherine Dunham, filmmaker Wong Kar Wai, fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, singer Sade, dancer and choreographer Kazuo Ohno, and Harrell's own working relationships with dancers Thibault Lac and Ondrej Vidlar. In the artist's words, "In the Mood for Frankie spills out like a park of muses settled and unsettled between history and the imagination."


Trajal Harrell
Dancers: Trajal Harrell, Thibault Lac, Ondrej Vidlar
Set Design: Trajal Harrell
Lighting Design: Stephane Perraud
Soundtrack: Trajal Harrell
Costume Design: Comme des Garçons, Ann Demeulemeester, Jean Paul Gaultier and the performers
Company Manager: Jean Stephane Kiss
Technical Director: Alexander Symes

In The Mood For Frankie is commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Produced by Singapore International Festival of Arts