Monkey off My Back or the Cat’s Meow

By Trajal Harrell
Staging and Choreography: Trajal Harrell

How can something arise from nothing? This question has occupied not only philosophy since its beginnings, but also the U.S. choreographer Trajal Harrell. In his new work, he searches for forms that develop freely and without external influence. The starting point of the project is an obscure gathering of dazzling characters in the vast dimensions of the Schiffbau-Halle. In the gathering of dancers and actors from the Zurich ensemble, the potentials for revolution and beauty unfold in equal measure, concepts of something and nothing are brought into juxtaposition. An iconography that, between historical references and pop culture, between everyday gestures, social patterns and artificial poses, conjures up the powers of the body. In the alchemy of theater, life emerges from no particular theme… The team starts with nothing, wanders here and there, but all withstanding most of all together.

 

Staging, Choreography, Stage Design, Costumes, Soundtrack
Trajal Harrell
Rehearsal Director
Maria Ferreira Silva / Ondrej Vidlar
Co-Soundtrack
Asma Maroof
Co-Stage
Erik Flatmo
Light Design
Stéfane Perraud
Dramaturgy
Laura Paetau / Tobias Staab
  • Premiere: 3 December 2021, Schiffbau-Halle
  • Schiffbau-Halle
  • Also interesting for ages 16 and up
  • 🛈 Introduction 30 min before the play on 7.12., 9.12., 10.12., 13.12., 15.12., 16.12., 18.12., 21.12., 22.12., 23.12. and 28.12.
Data
Friday 03.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
  • Premiere
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Tuesday 07.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Thursday 09.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Friday 10.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Sunday 12.12. 16:00 Schiffbau-Halle
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Monday 13.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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  • Theatre Monday
Wednesday 15.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Thursday 16.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Saturday 18.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Tuesday 21.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Wednesday 22.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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  • Carte Blanche
Thursday 23.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Tuesday 28.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Wednesday 29.12. 19:30 Schiffbau-Halle
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Friday 31.12. 21:00 Schiffbau-Halle
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Directors Talk:
Trajal Harrell and
Christopher Rüping

With the series Directors Talk you can bring our in-house directors Alexander Giesche, Suna Gürler, Trajal Harrell, Yana Ross, Christopher Rüping, Nicolas Stemann, Wu Tsang, and co-artistic director Benjamin von Blomberg along with you into the productions of the 2021/22 season in eight conversations. During the second lockdown they met on Zoom to talk about here, now, and tomorrow, mainly in pairs and once round-robin. The conversations are part of the season preview, which presents the 2021/2022 season and is available now in all our venues, as well as free to order online.

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Directors Talk:
Wu Tsang and Trajal Harrell

With the series Directors Talk you can bring our in-house directors Alexander Giesche, Suna Gürler, Trajal Harrell, Yana Ross, Christopher Rüping, Nicolas Stemann, Wu Tsang, and co-artistic director Benjamin von Blomberg along with you into the productions of the 2021/22 season in eight conversations. During the second lockdown they met on Zoom to talk about here, now, and tomorrow, mainly in pairs and once round-robin. The conversations are part of the season preview, which presents the 2021/2022 season and is available now in all our venues, as well as free to order online.

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The 8 chatting.