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The Return of La Argentina
October 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
With The Return of La Argentina, Trajal Harrell’s work ventures into a new realm of performance. Drawing upon memory and invention, this performance invites the audience into a fictional archiving of butoh co-founder Kazuo Ohno’s signature work, Admiring La Argentina, as directed by other founder of butoh,Tatsumi Hijikata. Here, Harrell fictitiously remembers stories and accounts for, forgets, registers, memorializes, ritualizes, and gives home to Ohno’s work. This work seeks to envisage Admiring La Argentina by abstracting aspects, with a similar verve, to that of Ohno and Hijikata giving to La Argentina. Thus results in the stage name of famous Spanish dancer, Antonia Merce.
The Return of La Argentina is part of Caravane, a collaborative project, created by the Centre National de la Danse team in France. This Caravane is part of a special European moment, Between Gestures, in collaboration with the Goethe Institute, PACT Zollverein in Essen, and The French Consulate In Chicago. Caravane is organized in UWM Department of Dance and co-sponsored by the Department of French, Italian and Comparative Literature, the MA in language, Literature and Translation (MALLT) and the Alliance française of Milwaukee.
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