Art Happens

Caen Amour

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History is partly fictional. Based on this premise, Trajal Harrell reinterprets our pasts. In Caen Amour he interweaves the oeuvre of draping queen Loïe Fuller with that of butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata and Comme des Garçons founder Rei Kawakubo, but also with oriental dance and striptease.

The performance is like a hoochie coochie show: the seductive belly-dance shows that appeared during the 1893 Chicago World Expo, as precursors to vaudeville and striptease. Harrell thus opts for a form that balances on the border between dance and entertainment; a dance installation with the energy of a fashion show. Continuous transformations, in which clothing, fabrics and their forms are central, free the performers from a fixed identity.

Caen Amour creates a titillating reinterpretation of butoh cross-dressing, hoochie coochie striptease and the swirling draping of Loïe Fuller. The set initially has a clear front and backstage: the hoochie and the coochie side. Gradually, the boundaries between public and private fade, and the viewer gets to see a completely transparent and seductive game of seduction.


Choreography: Trajal Harrell
With: Trajal Harrell, Thibault Lac, Pearl Palombe, Ondrej Vidlar and guest artist Aria Boumpaki
Light Design: Sylvain Rausa
Set Design: John Stephan Kiss and Trajal Harrell
Soundtrack: Trajal Harrell
Dramaturgy: Sara Jansen
Costume Design: Trajal Harrell and the performers
Co-production: Avignon Festival, Kampnagel (Hamburg), Theater Freiburg (Germany), Arsenic (Lausanne), Gessnerallee Zürich, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, and an important support from Tanzfond Erbe
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
06.11.2024Caen AmourGhent (be)VIERNULVIER / NTGent
07.11.2024Caen AmourGhent (be)VIERNULVIER / NTGent
29.10.2023Caen AmourParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris/Théâtre Public de Montreuil
28.10.2023Caen AmourParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris/Théâtre Public de Montreuil
27.10.2023Caen AmourParis (fr)Festival d'Automne à Paris/Théâtre Public de Montreuil
04.11.2022Caen AmourBonn (de)Bundeskunsthalle
23.05.2020Caen Amour  (CANCELLED - Covid-19)Rome (it)Teatro India
08.03.2019Caen AmourBerlin (de)Berliner Festspiele
29.07.2018Caen AmourVienna (at)ImPulsTanz
10.03.2018Caen AmourOslo (no)Black Box Teater
09.03.2018Caen AmourOslo (no)Black Box Teater
29.10.2017Caen AmourZurich (ch)Gessnerallee
28.10.2017Caen AmourZurich (ch)Gessnerallee
09.09.2017Caen AmourEssen (de)Pact Zollverein & Ruhrtriennale
08.09.2017Caen AmourEssen (de)Pact Zollverein & Ruhrtriennale
07.09.2017Caen AmourEssen (de)Pact Zollverein & Ruhrtriennale
06.09.2017Caen AmourEssen (de)Pact Zollverein & Ruhrtriennale
19.08.2017Caen AmourBerlin (de)Tanz im August
18.08.2017Caen AmourBerlin (de)Tanz im August
17.08.2017Caen AmourBerlin (de)Tanz im August
19.05.2017Caen AmourMunich (de)Münchner Kammerspiele
18.05.2017Caen AmourMunich (de)Münchner Kammerspiele
01.04.2017Caen AmourBrussels (be)Kaaitheater
31.03.2017Caen AmourBrussels (be)Kaaitheater
23.03.2017Caen AmourFreiburg (de)Theater Freiburg
10.02.2017Caen AmourRotterdam (nl)Rotterdamse Schouwburg
09.02.2017Caen AmourRotterdam (nl)Rotterdamse Schouwburg
13.07.2016Caen AmourAvignon (fr)Festival d'Avignon
12.07.2016Caen AmourAvignon (fr)Festival d'Avignon
11.07.2016Caen AmourAvignon (fr)Festival d'Avignon
10.07.2016Caen AmourAvignon (fr)Festival d'Avignon
09.07.2016Caen AmourAvignon (fr)Festival d'Avignon