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In the Mood for Frankie

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“A park full of muses between history and imagination” – this is how Trajal Harrell refers to his performance In the Mood for Frankie. His starting point is the muse, that strange figure somewhere between dream and reality. That improbable creature that occupies a permanent place in the imagination of the art world, even though it has long been clear that this creature is a problematic projection.

Trajal Harrell approaches this ode through an Asian dance form, Japanese butoh dance, which he has been exploring for many years. Instead of imitating this dance style, he tries to weave it into the imagination, also drawing inspiration from voguing and postmodern dance to create his own vocabulary of movement. Tatsumi Hijikata, the co-founder of butho, is the main inspiration behind this production. In addition, the evening is filled with the influences of other “muses”: from the filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai; Rei Kawakubo and her fashion label Comme des Garçons; the singer Sade; Kazuo Ohno, the other founder of butoh; and to Harrell’s own collaboration with the dancers Thibault Lac and Ondrej Vidlar with whom he shares the stage during this performance.

 

Choreography, set design and installation: Trajal Harrell
With: Trajal Harrell, Thibault Lac, Ondrej Vidlar
Lighting Design: Stephane Perraud
Soundtrack: Trajal Harrell
Costume Design: Comme des Garçons, Ann Demeulemeester, Jean Paul Gaultier and the performers
Drama teacher: Katarina Tereh
Produced and commissioned by: The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, New York
Co-production: Singapore International Festival of the Arts
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS

DatePerformanceCity CountryOrganisation/Venue
31.07.2018In the Mood for Frankie  (Choreography, set design and installation: Trajal HarrellWith: Trajal Harrell, Thibault Lac, Ondrej VidlarLighting Design: Stephane PerraudSoundtrack: Trajal HarrellCostume Design: Comme des Garçons, Ann Demeulemeester, Jean Paul Gaultier and the performersDrama teacher: Katarina TerehProduced and commissioned by: The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA, New YorkCo-production: Singapore International Festival of the ArtsDiffusion: ART HAPPENS)Vienna (at)ImPulsTanz
29.03.2018In the Mood for FrankieBerlin (de)HAU / Hebbel am Ufer
28.03.2018In the Mood for FrankieBerlin (de)HAU / Hebbel am Ufer
23.11.2016In the Mood for FrankieParis (fr)Mona Bismarck American Center
22.11.2016In the Mood for FrankieParis (fr)Mona Bismarck American Center
03.09.2016In the Mood for FrankieSingapore (sg)Singapore Arts Festival
02.09.2016In the Mood for FrankieSingapore (sg)Singapore Arts Festival
01.09.2016In the Mood for FrankieSingapore (sg)Singapore Arts Festival