In his latest production ›CAEN AMOUR‹, New York choreographer Trajal Harrell prompts a sensuous encounter between the legendary dance and Art Nouveau icon, Loïe Fuller and the founder of the dance performance art Butoh, Tatsumi Hijikata. Swathed in flowing garments and inspired by Oriental concepts, Fuller’s dancing was simultaneously avant-garde and Vaudeville in nature and posthumously hailed as modern dance. To this, Harrell weaves in links to the hoochie coochie, a sexualized parody of belly dancing that similarly falls somewhere between art and popular entertainment. At the interface between dance, history and Orientalism, he playfully and compassionately overthrows categories and gender roles.

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