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Trajal Harrell: The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai

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Trajal Harrell: The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai

Trajal Harrell 

When: Tue., March 22 2016



The line between fiction and nonfiction is a topic addressed with particular fervor in cultural debates: Did it happen? Whom do we believe? Does it matter? Dancer and choreographer Trajal Harrell questions that line, allowing memory, history, and imagination to swirl together. Since the early 2000s, he has explored the ways varied cultural histories and movement traditions intersect, combining voguing, butoh, and 1960s postmodernism in Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at the Judson Church. Harrell and his performers stage another imagined dance-historical encounter in Chapel Hill, The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai. "Montpellier" refers to Dominique Bagouet, leader of the "new French dance" movement; the samurai is butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata, and they're debating in dance, song, and dramatic text with Ellen Stewart, founder of experimental theater La MaMa. You might be wondering, "Can that happen? Do I believe it? Does it matter?" That's sort of the point. —Michaela Dwyer


7:30 p.m., $10,

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