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Trajal Harrell / Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble

The Köln Concert



National premiere



A dance piece to the most famous solo piano recording of all time — Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert. Before it is played, we first hear four songs by Joni Mitchell. She opens the evening, setting the stage for the music of Jarrett and for the seven dancers. Harrell’s Köln Concert seeks a way for people to meet despite different languages, different world views, different identities. The shared experience of people, of tender and strong people disclosing their vulnerability, dancing, functions as a reminder of the need to stay close, to have respect, and never to forget that there are many stories of people who are hardly ever heard or seen, who defy their abandonment proudly and in beauty. — Trajal Harrell / Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble






Scene photograph in colour. In the centre, a black female performer with long braids is dancing. Her eyes are closed, she's barefoot and wearing a black robe. In the background, more performers are seated.

© Reto Schmid

Scene photograph in colour. In the centre, a black female performer with long braids dances, arms raised, eyes closed. She's wearing an orange T-shirt and a long flowery skirt.

© Reto Schmid

Scene photograph in colour. In the centre, a black female performer with one of her arms outstretched and one of her legs bent high. She's wearing a black dress. Behind her, more performers are seated.

© Reto Schmid

Colour scene photography. In the centre of the picture, a White male performer is crossing his arms and flexing one of his legs. He is wearing a white t-shirt and shirt with black lettering.

© Reto Schmid

Scene photograph in colour. In the foreground, a white male performer stands to one side, arms folded at his sides, wearing a low-cut black tunic. Behind him, more performers, seated.

© Reto Schmid

Scene photograph in colour. On stage, in front of five performers sitting on chairs, Trajal Harrell, standing with one leg crossed in front of the other and his face turned towards the floor.

© Reto Schmid

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RivoliGrand Auditorium


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Author's bio text

The American choreographer Trajal Harrell gained global recognition with his series of works Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church and is now a regular guest on the international dance and visual arts circuit. The unique style of Trajal Harrell’s works is a result not just of the unusual way in which he combines dance languages that might seem very distant from each other, such as voguing, post­modern dance and butoh, but also and above all of the fragility and humour that pervade all his work. Aesthetically, his pieces are always an homage to the people standing on stage. In recent years, his work has not just been increasingly adopted in the visual arts world, he has also directed a succession of powerful pieces for the theatre. These include for example his reworking of Sophocles’ Antigone, the free adaptation he developed of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and with Maggie The Cat a new look on Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Since 2019 Trajal Harrell is in-house director at Schauspielhaus Zürich, where he directs a a dance company, the Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble.

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  • With
    New Kyd, Maria Ferreira Silva, Trajal Harrell, Rob Fordeyn, Thibault Lac, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar

    Staging, choreography, set, soundtrack & costumes
    Trajal Harrell

    Keith Jarrett, Joni Mitchell

    Sylvain Rausa

    Katinka Deecke

  • Production assistants
    Camille Roduit, Maja Renn

    Technical touring team
    Petra Kenneth, Pablo Weber, Stephan Wöhrmann

    Touring management & international relations
    Björn Pätz, ART HAPPENS

    Schauspielhaus Zürich  

    Audio description
    Eliana Franco and Sandra Santiago

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