Inspired by the novel The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthrone. A young woman has a child, and everyone is wondering who the father is. But Hester Prynne refuses to reveal who it is. In 17th-century America, this kind of stubbornness cannot go unpunished, so Hester is forced to wear a scarlet red “A” on her chest at all times.
23 & 24 November 2023
Festival d’Automne à Paris
10 February 2024
Back when the author Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the novel The Scarlet Letter, there was no designation for women who had a free approach to their bodies and sexuality, and even less support. In their honour, choreographer and dancer Trajal Harrell takes an imaginative look back: What could have happened in those colonial times, when European settlers occupied foreign territory and subjected their women to arbitrary rules if a woman with an illegitimate child had actually been condemned to wear the scarlet “A”? From where would gloating and solidarity have been expected? Together the performers and audience celebrate the possibility of changing the future by memorializing historical regret.
The choreographer, accompanied by visual artist Sarah Sze, has turned Tambourines into a “flexible” laboratory piece, with guests joining the stage for the duration of a performance. “Never stand still”, Trajal Harrell sums up.
Staging, Choreography, Stage design, Costume design, Soundtrack: Trajal Harrell
With: Stephanie Amurao, New Kyd, Frances Chiaverini, Trajal Harrell, Perle Palombe, Cobleh Graven Palucca, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar
Installation: Sarah Sze
Lighting: Sylvain Rausa
Dramaturgy: Katinka Deecke
Production: Schauspielhaus Zürich with the Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble
Co-production: Festival d’Automne à Paris, Les Spectacles Vivants – Centre Pompidou Paris
Supported by Trajal Harrell Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble Fan Club
Diffusion: ART HAPPENS
|23.11.2023||Tambourines (Avant-premiere)||Paris (fr)||Festival d'Automne à Paris/Centre Pompidou|
|24.11.2023||Tambourines (Avant-premiere)||Paris (fr)||Festival d'Automne à Paris/Centre Pompidou|
|25.11.2023||Tambourines (Avant-premiere)||Paris (fr)||Festival d'Automne à Paris/Centre Pompidou|
|10.02.2024||Tambourines (Premiere)||Zurich (ch)||Schauspielhaus Zürich|