The West Coast premiere of the nouveau-vogueing drag/dance show the NYT calls startling & exquisite
Trajal Harrell: Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church (L)REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (631 W 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA) Map it $20
Aspiring catwalk queens, Rhonda regulars, and L.A. voguers take note: Trajal Harrell’s performance is one you won’t want to miss. A blend of avant-gardist Judson Dance Theatre, flamboyant drag, and extravagant, yet outré, high-fashion, the all-male performance—a contemporary exploration of Sophocles’ classic tragedy, Antigone—is centered around one very beguiling question: What if the Harlem ball culture of the 1960s had paraded into downtown New York’s early postmodern dance scene? Harrell’s choreographed response is a theatrical dance-parade that features strutting and vogueing so fierce it would make Pepper LaBeija, Angie Xtravaganza, and Willi Ninja green with envie.
With a bold theatrical vision and a potent score of remixed pop, electronica and more, Trajal Harrell concocts an intoxicating blend of strutting, voguing, extravagantly outré fashion and irresistible movement in the latest and largest edition of his acclaimed series of works inspired by a provocative question: What if the Harlem ball culture of the 1960s had paraded its way into downtown New York’s early postmodern dance scene? This speculation is smartly brought into a contemporary context through Harrell’s choreography for an international ensemble of virtuosic dancers. As a genre-bending exploration of race, gender, sexuality, culture and history, the resulting Antigone Sr. is much more than a fierce, all-male take on the classic tragedy. It serves up a revelatory investigation of Sophocles’ themes, set to dance music with deep bass.