The Köln Concert
08.10 – 09.10.2021
Trajal Harrell responds to the physical distance rules that also apply to the stage with a plan he has been pursuing for years: a choreography to Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert, the most successful piano solo recording of all time. Harrell’s newly founded dance company at the Schauspielhaus in Zürich makes its debut to this music. But before the Köln Concert, you hear four songs by another artist: the Canadian musician Joni Mitchell.
The Köln Concert seeks a language that allows for closeness despite the times of physical distancing. The joint experience of tender, vulnerable, dancing people, is a reminder of the need to remain close to each other despite everything. It is a matter of learning anew: how to make theatre. Dance. In front of an audience. With distance and caution. But not with any less devotion.
• Trajal Harrell is an American dancer and choreographer, whose performances grace theatres all over the world. In 2018, he was named Dancer of the Year by Tanz Magazine. He often creates a dialogue between post-modern dance and New York’s 1980s voguing scene. At Kaaitheater, he has already presented (M)imosa, Antigone Sr and CAEN AMOUR.
with Titilayo Adebayo, Maria Ferreira Silva, Trajal Harrell, Nojan Bodas Mair, Thibault Lac, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar | staging, choreography, set, soundtrack & costumes Trajal Harrell | music Keith Jarrett, Joni Mitchell, used by arrangement with ECM Records | lighting Sylvain Rausa | dramaturgy Katinka Deecke | audience development Mathis Neuhaus | theatre pedagogy Manuela Runge | production assistant Maja Renn | set design assistant Ann-Kathrin Bernstetter, Natascha Leonie Simons | costume assistant Ulf Brauner, Miriam Schliehe | stage manager Michael Durrer | production intern Moritz Lienhard | set design intern Reina Guyer | touring management & international relations Björn Pätz, ART HAPPENS | production Schauspielhaus Zürich