The House of Bernarda Alba

Trajal Harrell
Thu 19.05.2022 - Sun 22.05.2022

The Spanish author Federico García Lorca wrote The House of Bernarda Alba shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. Nearly a hundred years later, American dancer and choreographer Trajal Harrell opens the door to two more ‘houses’ for García Lorca’s serious and passionate women. He introduces them to the world of fashion houses, as if they were invited to present their latest collections in lavish Parisian salons in the mid-20th century. At the same time, Harrell brings together García Lorca’s younger and older women with the dazzling voguing houses. 

Starting in New York, mostly queer Hispanic and African American dancers have been gathering in ‘houses’ like the House of Xtravaganza, the House of Ebony and the House of Ninja since the 1970s in a bid to fight exclusion and injustice with style and pride. In Harrell’s house, a salon magnificently reconstructed at the KVS BOL, the perceived division between high culture and subculture disappears. After the minimalistic but powerful Dancer of the Year presented in 2019, Trajal Harrell returns to Kunstenfestivaldesarts with two versions of this new creation, a short version that evokes the exciting phenomenon of a fashion show and a longer version that seeks the theatrical depth of the original play.


PRESENTATIE / PRESENTATION Kunstenfestivaldesarts, KVS PERFORMERS Titilayo Adebayo, Frances Chiaverini, Marie Goyette, Trajal Harrell, Max Krause, Neave Haworth-Kohnner, Perle Palombe, Maria Ferreira Silva, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar CHOREOGRAFIE, KOSTUUM, GELUID / CHORÉGRAPHIE, COSTUMES, SON / DIRECTOR, CO STAGE DESIGN, COSTUMES, SOUNDTRACK Trajal Harrell CO SCENOGRAFIE / CO SCÉNOGRAPHIE / CO STAGE DESIGN Erik Flatmo  ASSOCIATE STAGE DESIGN Eva Lillian Wagner LICHTONTWERP / CONCEPTION LUMIÈRES / LIGHTING DESIGN Stéfane Perraud  | REHEARSAL DIRECTORS Stephen Thompson, Maria Ferreira Silva DRAMATURGIE / DRAMATURGY Katinka Deecke, Miriam Ibrahim AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Mathis Neuhau TOURING & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Björn Pätz (shz) Art Happens THEATER PEDAGOGY Manuela Rung PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Camille Roduit COSTUME ASSISTANT Mona Eglsoe PRODUCTION INTERN Lenita Edward STAGE DESIGN INTERN Rhena Geiger COSTUME INTERN Fatima-Frida Salum STAGE MANAGER Aleksandar Sascha Dinevski DEPUTY TECHNICAL DIRECTOR Carsten Grigo TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT Räthus Veraguth STAGE Oliver Miele, Franco Stauffer LICHT / LUMIÈRES / LIGHTING Gerhard Patzelt, Roman Mauchle, Christoph Senn  GELUID / SON / SOUND Matthias Müller MAKE UP Lena Steiner KOSTUUMS / COSTUMES Nicole Jaggi, Tiziana Ramsauer PRODUCTIE / PRODUCTION Schauspielhaus Zürich with the Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble