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The Romeo

Trajal Harrell, Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble

Picture a single dance for everyone, inspired by a world as it might have been. Choreographer Trajal Harrell’s The Romeo imagines this dance for people of all origins, genders and generations, of all tempers and moods.

Harrell’s touching, elaborate and sensual dance style is influenced by various different currents, from contemporary dance, vogue, Japanese butoh, ancient Greek theatre to performance art. It does not matter where The Romeo comes from, exactly. Together with his regular group of dancers and a great many costume and music changes, from Satie to Pink Floyd, Harrell creates a mix of different moods and styles. It is an attempt at uncovering histories that were never foregrounded before. It is a ‘what-if...’; historical speculation in the form of a dance style.

Like Shakespeare’s young lover from Romeo and Juliet, who thought he might conquer death in his enthusiasm, this dance too will feel like it belongs to everyone and has always been there.

‘It’s a real magic trick to get people to believe that they’re watching something old from the present. It’s all in the imagination, all me playing around with what I thought could possibly be, or have been. This is the artistic manoeuvre. It’s a contradiction in terms; historical imagination is always like that.’
- Trajal Harrell


Tue June 25 8:30 PM

Wed June 26 8:30 PM

Thu June 27 8:30 PM


  • default from € 22
  • CJP/student/scholar € 13

language & duration

  • Language no problem

  • 1 hour 15 minutes (zonder pauze)

  • © Orpheas Emirzas

  • © Orpheas Emirzas

  • © Orpheas Emirzas

  • Trajal Harrell, choreographer

    © Bea Borgers


cast New Kyd, Frances Chiaverini, Vânia Doutel Vaz, Maria Ferreira Silvia, Rob Fordeyn, Challenge Gumbodete, Trajal Harrell, Thibault Lac, Christopher Matthews, Nasheeka Nedsreal, Perle Palmobe, Norel Amestoy Penck, Stephen Thompson, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar direction Trajal Harrell choreography Trajal Harrell costumes Trajal Harrell scenic design Nadja Sofie Eller soundtrack Trajal Harrell, Asma Maroof light design Stéfane Perraud dramaturgy, direction Miriam Ibrahim, Katinka Deecke audience development Mathis Neuhaus tour manager Björn Pätz / ART HAPPENS international relations and production Björn Pätz / ART HAPPENS production assistance Camille Charlotte Roduit assistant to the set designers Eva Lillian Wagner assistant costume design Mona Eglsoer, Monika Annabel Zimmer production intern Maimuna Barry inspection Aleksandar Sascha Dinevski production Schauspielhaus Zürich, Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble coproduction Festival d’Avignon, Holland Festival, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Berliner Festspiele, La Villette (Paris), Festival d’Automne à Paris, Comédie de Genève, la Bâtie-Festival de Genève, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand scène nationale, TANDEM - Scène nationale, December Dance - Concertgebouw & Cultuurcentrum Brugge with the support of Trajal Harrell Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble Fan Club

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