Biennale Danza 2024 | Trajal Harrell Awarded The Silver Lion

A graduate of Yale University, Centre National de la Danse (under Yvonne Rainer), and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, Harrell's foundational research bridges post-modern dance, the New York voguing scene, and Japanese Butoh.

by GRIOT - Published on 14/03/2024
Credits: Biennale Danza

Wayne McGregor lauds Trajal Harrell as a “true genuine” while introducing the recipient of the Silver Lion, whom he previously invited to the Biennale Danza with their performance Maggie the Cat two years ago. This work, inspired by Tennessee Williams’ play, delves into themes of power, gender, intolerance, and inclusion.

His work challenges temporal, geographical, and cultural boundaries, staging performances in venues dedicated equally to visual arts and live theatre. Harrell employs critical thought tools, particularly exploring gender, feminism, and post-colonialism, to enrich his deep knowledge of art and dance history. Born from extensive research, his shows resemble sensitive, hybrid, and joyful creations, drawing inspiration from fashion, pop culture, and avant-garde art.

Trajal Harrel. via

It is in this unique amalgamation of genres, the unexpected juxtaposition of forms, and the vast emotional spectrum that Harrell’s work captivates and mesmerizes. A rollercoaster of emotions where laughter and tears flow in equal measure.

Trajal Harrell returns to the Biennale Danza for its 18th Festival with two works: Tambourines and ‘Sister or He Buried the Body.

Golden Lion to Cristina Caprioli

It is the Italian dancer and choreographer residing in Sweden Cristina Caprioli, author of a body of works that disrupt the linguistic and perceptual conventions of dance, consolidating her international role, who has been awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 2024 Dance Biennale.

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