Doris Duke Impact Award, 2014
New York, NY
Choreographer Trajal Harrell creates works that re-imagine events in history. His work has been presented widely across the US and internationally. He is perhaps best known for a series of works, Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church, which re-imagine a meeting between early postmodern dance and the voguing dance tradition. The eight-part series, which has been supported by multiple MAP Fund and NEFA FUSED grants, was a culmination of ten years of research. Antigone Sr., the largest in the series, won a 2012 Bessie Award, and the last work, Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem, was the first dance commission of MoMA PS1. He has received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2014), a Creative Capital Award (2013), and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2012). His latest body of work examines butoh dance from the theoretical praxis of voguing. This latest work Used Abused and Hung Out to Dry, premiered at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in February 2013.