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Trajal Harrell’s work has been presented In New York and the U.S. at many venues including The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, TBA Festival, Walker Arts Center, American Realness Festival, ICA Boston, Danspace Project, Crossing the Line Festival, DTW, P.S. 122, Cornell University, Colorado College, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Los Angeles’ RedCat Theater.

His work has been presented in international festivals such as Festival d’Automne (Paris), Rencontres Chorégraphiques (Paris), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Festival d’Avignon, Impulstanz (Vienna), TanzimAugust (Berlin), Panorama Festival (Rio de Janeiro). He has also shown performance work in visual art contexts such as MoMA, Perfoma Biennial, Fondation Cartier (Paris), The New Museum (NYC), The Margulies Art Warehouse (Miami), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Serralves Museum (Porto), Centre Pompidou- Metz, Centre Pompidou-Paris, ICA Boston and Art Basel-Miami Beach.

He is well-known for a series of works entitled Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church which re-imagine a meeting between early postmodern dance and the voguing dance tradition and created in eight sizes. The works in the series continue to tour internationally. Antigone Sr., the large in the series, won the 2012 Bessie Award for Best Production. Most recently, he began a new research examining butoh dance from the theoretical praxis of voguing. This latest body of work includes Used Abused and Hung Out to Dry, which premiered at The Museum of Modern Art- MoMA where he has begun a two-year residency; The Return of The Modern Dance for Cullberg Ballet; and The Ghost of Montpellier Meets The Samurai which premiered at the 2015 Montpellier Danse Festival. Trajal is now working on a new work Caen Amour