Antigone Jr. ++ is the PLUS size in the series, Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church. It will be the second work by the choreographer Trajal Harrell to be presented in this edition of Fórum do Futuro, following In the mood for Frankie. In this series, Harrell takes a new critical position on the postmodern dance aesthetic emanating from the Judson Church period during the 1960’s. Harrell rewrites the minimalism and neutrality of this aesthetic with a new set of signs, developing Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church by imagining a theoretical encounter between Post-modern dance and another parallel tradition – voguing (a dance style from Harlem’s ballrooms that was eternalised in Jennie Livingston’s 1991 documentary Paris is Burning).
Antigone Jr. ++ is a contemporary dance version of Sophocles’ play. The junior epithet (Jr.) indicates someone who is the son of a father with the same name. Harrell purposely scales down Sophocles’ tragedy to the playwright’s first scene that depicts the relationship between Antigone and her sister Ismene, while simultaneously confronting the postmodern antagonism of Judson Church in relation to the dance style of Martha Graham – the modern choreographer famous for her dramatic works inspired by Greek mythology and tragedies.
Choreographer: Trajal Harrell
Dancers: Trajal Harrell, Thibault Lac
Dramaturg: Gérard Mayen
Sound Designer: Trajal Harrell
Co-production and Residency: Ménagerie de Verre- Paris, Workspace Brussels, Pact Zollverein - Essen.