The Köln Concert

By: Trajal Harrell
To the music of Keith Jarrett and Joni Mitchell
Used by arrangement with ECM Records

Trajal Harrell responds to the physical distance rules for the stage with a plan he has been pursuing for years: a choreography to Keith Jarrett’s Köln Concert, the most successful piano solo recording of all time that Harrell opens with songs by Joni Mitchell. It is a matter of learning anew, how to make theatre. Dance. In front of an audience. With distance and caution. But not with any less devotion.

At the season opening, choreographer Trajal Harrell will perform at Pfauen: From September 12-18, he will show his solo performance The Return of La Argentina, the lecture-performance The Conspiracy of Performance with Perle Palombe and the world premiere of The Köln Concert for seven dancers.



The Köln Concert:
Saturday, 12 September, 8pm
Sunday, 13 September, 5.30pm
Wednesday, 16 September, 8.30pm
Thursday, 17 September, 8.30pm
Freitag, 18 September, 8.30pm

The Return of La Argentina:
Sunday, 13 September, 4-4:30pm
Thursday, 17 September, 7-7:30pm

The Conspiracy of Performance:
Tuesady, 15 September, 8-8:30pm
Wednesday, 16 September, 7-7:30pm
Friday, 18 September, 7:00-7:30pm



To contextualize the complex reference systems in Trajal Harrell’s artistic practice, you will find video lectures on the following topics here from the 18th September:


Eike Wittrock: Movement on the Runway or the Catwalk

Yasmina Reggad: Performance and Visual Arts

Sara Jansen: Butoh and Modern Dance

A video lecture on the topic of “Voguing and Postmodern Dance” will follow shortly.


Staging, Choreography, Stage Design, Costumes
Trajal Harrell
Sylvain Rausa
Katinka Deecke
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Audience Development
Mathis Neuhaus
theatre education
Manuela Runge
assistant director
Maja Renn
stage assistant
Ann-Kathrin Bernstetter / Natascha Leonie Simons
costume assistants
Ulf Brauner / Miriam Schliehe
stage manager
Michael Durrer
production intern
Moritz Lienhard
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  • World premiere: 12. September 2020, Pfauen
For the duration of the pandemic, we will also publish the introductions as podcasts on the website of the respective play. Live introductions in the theatre will continue to be offered before every performance of a repertoire production (except Sundays and holidays).
Introduction by: Katinka Deecke, Dramaturgy