19 — 22.05

Trajal Harrell Athens / Zürich

The House of Bernarda Alba

dance — premiere


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The Spanish author Federico García Lorca wrote The House of Bernarda Alba shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. Nearly a hundred years later, American dancer and choreographer Trajal Harrell opens the door to two more ‘houses’ for García Lorca’s serious and passionate women. He introduces them to the world of fashion houses, as if they were invited to present their latest collections in lavish Parisian salons in the mid-20th century. At the same time, Harrell brings together García Lorca’s younger and older women with the dazzling voguing houses. Starting in New York, mostly queer Hispanic and African American dancers have been gathering in ‘houses’ like the House of Xtravaganza, the House of Ebony and the House of Ninja since the 1970s in a bid to fight exclusion and injustice with style and pride. In Harrell’s house, a salon magnificently reconstructed at the KVS BOL, the perceived division between high culture and subculture disappears. After the minimalistic but powerful Dancer of the Year presented in 2019, Trajal Harrell returns to Kunstenfestivaldesarts with two versions of this new creation, a short version that evokes the exciting phenomenon of a fashion show and a longer version that seeks the theatrical depth of the original play.


  • 22:00 ⧖ 25min
  • €16 / €13




Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS
Choreography, costumes, sound: Trajal Harrell | Based on the play by Federico García Lorca | Stage Design: Erik Flatmo | Lighting: Stéfane Perraud | Dramaturgy: Katinka Deecke, Miriam Ibrahim | With: Titilayo Adebayo, Frances Chiaverini, Marie Goyette, Trajal Harrell, Max Krause, Neave Haworth-Kohnner, Pearl Palombe, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar | Rehearsal director (inside): Maria Ferreira Silva | Rehearsal director (outside): Stephen Thompson | Stage design: Erik Flatmo, Trajal Harrell | Lighting: Stéfane Perraud | Audience Development: Mathis Neuhaus | Touring & International Relations: Björn Pätz | Production Assistance: Camille Roduit | Stage design collaboration: Eva Lillian Wagner | Costume Assistance: Mona Eglsoer | Intern Production: Lenita Edward | Guest costume design: Fátima Salum Said | Intern stage design: Rhena Geiger | Stage management: Aleksandar Sascha Dinevski 
Production: Schauspielhaus Zürich

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