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Trajal Harrell, Cecilia Bengolea, François Chaignaud, and Marlene Monteiro Freitas

(M)imosa/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (M)

Part of Out There 25: Reality/Identity/Myth

“They don’t make many artists like Mr. Harrell; his sophisticated, nuanced works are not to be missed.” —New York Times

Provocative and outlandish? Riotous and fabulous? Absolutely! This mash-up of parallel dance histories—Judson and voguing—is a frenetic free-for-all that bounces from soul music to sculptural acrobatics, from elaborate drag (including an eerily faithful rendition of Prince’s “Darling Nikki”) to amazingly virtuosic movement, all mixed as a gender-blender tribute to the power and pleasure of persona.

This collaboration between four choreographers—Paris-based Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud, Cape Verdean–born Marlene Monteiro Freitas, and New York–based Trajal Harrell was inspired by Paris Is Burning, the landmark documentary film on voguing. (M)imosa is the title given to the medium version of Harrell’s ongoing series in various sizes (XS)–(XL), entitled Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church. Performance contains nudity.

Meet the Artists

Postshow Reception

Thursday, January 24
Meet the artists after the show a reception in the McGuire Theater’s Balcony Bar.

Postshow Q & A

Friday, January 25
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists and performing arts curators.

SpeakEasy

Saturday, January 26
After the performance, head to the Balcony Bar to join a discussion or just listen in as others hash it out. Hosted by members of Salon/Saloon and Walker tour guide Florence Brammer.

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Funding

Support provided by Producers’ Council member Sage Cowles.