Caen Amour
Sep 13
Sep 15
DanceDanceLive PerformanceLive Performance

Caen Amour

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Choreographer Trajal Harrell, creator of the series Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (2014 Fringe Festival), uses the origins of modern dance to create an entirely new performance piece, one that invites the viewer to step into an unexplored historical imagination. Arising from performances at the World’s Fairs of 19th-century Europe and America, the hoochie-coochie presented bastardized, titillating versions of Middle Eastern dance. Informed by the ritualized moves of dance-floor voguing and the Japanese dance-theater tradition of butoh, Caen Amour explores the line between artistic and erotic dance of the past, and imagines how erotic dancing of previous eras would look like today, exoticism and spectacle remaining intact. Led by a cast of (mostly) male dancers performing as women, Caen Amour asks questions like: How is a “woman” performed? What role did hoochie-coochie performers have in establishing dance as an art form?