Trajal Harrell

ArtistMovement Research(United States)

Editor-in-Chief of the Movement Research Performance Journal, Curator, Choreographer
Residency Period: from 1 May, 2012 to 21 May, 2012

■Research Outline

Research Theme Joint research with artists in Japan
Brief Description of the Research To research on Japanese dance scene, its background and history, and to conduct an advanced choreographic research project, “The Adventure” through a multi-lateral framework for knowledge production based in history, theory, and practice with artists who have a different cultural background.


1 May, 2012 Arrives in Japan
2 May, 2012 to 20 May, 20122 – Interviewing artists and arts administrators in Japan
– Attending performance
11 May, 2012 Public talk at Morishita Studio
15-20 May, 2012 The Adventure: workshop at Morishita Studio
17 May, 2012 The Ambien Piece: performance at Gallery Objective Correlative
19 May, 2012 Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (XS): performance at Morishita Studio
21 May, 2012 Return to home

■Public Talk

Date 11 May, 2012
Time 19:00-21:30
Place Studio S, Morishita Studio
Title Innovative approaches to contemporary dance

Trajal Harrell gave his view on the expanded role of an artist with an explanation of his past works in Movement Research, Danspace Project and Impulstanz Vienna Intl. Dance Festival, and gave a brief of his research project in Japan.

Trajal Harrell
Born in Douglas, Grorgia, the United States

Trajal Harrell graduated from Yale University where he studies American Studies with a concentration in creative processes – researching theater, literary theory and art history. In 1998, he was selected as an artist-in-residence at Movement Research and since this time until the present, he has been active in the development of research projects and curation at Movement Research and was appointed editor-in-chief of the Movement Research Performance Journal in 2006. He was invited to participate in The Choreographers’ Venture at The Impulstanz International Dance Festival in Vienna, Austria in 2006 and was appointed co-artistic mentor for the DanceWeb program at the 2008 Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival. In 2009, He was invited as a guest curator for Danspace Project’s 2010-2011 season. His choreographic work has been presented at various festival and platform including Festival d’Avignon, Impulstanz Vienna Intl. Dance Festival, In Transit Festival and American Realness Festival.


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