Trajal Harrell: Okidoki

© Photo: Virginia Harold

10/27 | 12:15 PM & 3:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago
Free with Museum Admission

For Okidoki, Trajal Harrell returns to the groundswell of his first solo, It is Thus From a Strange New Perspective that We Look Back On the Modernist Origins and Watch it Splintering Into Endless Replication (1999). This original work set out the trajectory of what would become Harrell’s groundbreaking signature mark—runway movement as elemental dance and choreography—foregrounding posing, gazing, and walking as a theoretical conversation between American early postmodern dance and voguing. Over the last five years Harrell's oeuvre began to take shape also through the lens of Japanese butoh dance, which further questioned the role of glamour and virtuosity teased out in Harrell’s initial inquiries. With this new work, Okidoki, the stark minimalism and artistic gesture of the past is refashioned in an uncanny manner that makes the viewer believe the past is being regenerated, however it is Harrell’s craft that renders the aesthetic gaze into a plausible past that never was, resettling into the present with a vengeance.

Ola Maciejewska: Loie Fuller: Research

10/27 | 2 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago
Free with Museum Admission

Ola Maciejewska’s LOIE FULLER: Research considers the agency of objects and actions, and reflects on the relationship between sculptor and sculpture. Human movement sculpts matter into form in this sparse performance based on the works of Loïe Fuller, often regarded to be a precursor to American modern dance.

© Photo: Martin Argyroglo

Screenings

10/27 | 12 PM - 4:30 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago
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A program of dance films, portraits and documentaries selected from the collection of the Nouvelle Cinémathèque de la Danse (Centre national de la danse)

About the Artists

Trajal Harrell came to visibility with the Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church series of works which asked, “What would have happened in 1963 if someone from the ball scene in Harlem had come downtown to perform alongside the early postmoderns at Judson Church?” Over the past two decades, Harrell has created a body of work that interrogates the cracks and fissures of history, drawing from the early postmodern and Japanese butoh dance traditions, kabuki theater, voguing balls, and runway movement. He recently completed a residency at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, focusing on the surreal and radical style of Tatsumi Hijikata—the founder of butoh, a form of Japanese modern dance that was especially popular in late twentieth-century. Harrell has presented his work in numerous American and International venues and festivals, such as The Kitchen, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA); Performa Biennial; The New Museum, New York, the Barbican Centre Art Gallery, London, the Walker Art Center, Centre Pompidou Paris, and Panorama Festival Rio, Festival d’Avignon, Festival d’Automne in Paris, and Holland Festival.
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Born in Poland based currently in Paris, Ola Maciejewska is a choreographer and performer. In 2012 she obtained her MA from Contemporary Theatre and Dance Studies at the University of Utrecht. Along the academic research she made a performance, entitled: LOIE FULLER: Research (2011), that has been presented in France for the Opening of CN D Pantin in 2015, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, Poland, Portugal and several venues in Holland. In the fall 2015 Ola Maciejewska premiered BOMBYX MORI in Paris at la Ménagerie de verre in the framework of the Festival Les Inaccoutumés, and continued being presented abroad in venues such as Kaaitheater, Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Veem Huis voor Performance, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, ImPulsTanz in Vienna to name just few. BOMBYX MORI is supported by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès in the frame of New Settings #6. In 2016 until 2018 Ola Maciejewska is associated artist of Centre chorégraphique national de Caen en Normandie. In the fall 2017, Ola’s solo work LOIE FULLER: Research and COSMOPOL (dance film) was presented in the frame of la Biennale de Lyon. Her new work DANCE CONCERT has its world premiere at National Taichung Theatre in Taiwan and in the fall of 2018 it will be presented at Centre Pompidou in the frame of Festival d’Automne in France.
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