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Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles

The Romeo

Trajal Harrell
Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble

12 & 13.12.2024

Artistic director of the Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble, the American choreographer and performer deploys a mythical dance that takes its name from the figure of Shakespeare’s young hero in a chorus of singularities.

Trajal Harrell, a familiar face on the Belgian stage, returns with an ambitious piece, presented in the main courtyard of the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, among other venues. Set against a backdrop of perforated walls reminiscent of medieval Italy, the performers begin by presenting themselves in their natural state: A name,
a personal characteristic. People before characters.

Soon, these distinct bodies – with their multiple genders, physiognomies and origins – will form a common body, a chorus and a crowd, a melting pot of mixed identities. This is how Harrell dissects, multiplies and diffracts Romeo. The Romeo, literary and theatrical emblem. The young lover in search of the absolute that this definite article paradoxically opens up to the universal.

In music and movement, the creator plays with mixes: from voguing to butoh, from catwalk aesthetics to queer and black inspiration. The result is a loose parade, a dance that is at once ancestral and contemporary, infused with popular culture and imbued with naturalness and sophistication.

Trajal Harrell received the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2024.

Corealisation Kaaitheater, Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles






Grande Salle


New Kyd
Frances Chiaverini
Vânia Doutel Vaz
Maria Ferreira Silva
Rob Fordeyn
Challenge Gumbodete
Trajal Harrell
Thibault Lac
Christopher Matthews
Nasheeka Nedsreal
Perle Palombe
Stephen Thompson
Songhay Toldon
Ondrej Vidlar

Direction, choreography, co-scenography, and costumes
Trajal Harrell

Nadja Sofie Eller

Trajal Harrell / Asma Maroof

Additional original music
Felix Casaer
Trajal Harrell

Stéfane Perraud

Katinka Deecke
Miriam Ibrahim

Audience development
Mathis Neuhaus

Touring, international relations and production
Björn Pätz / ART HAPPENS

Assistant director
Camille Charlotte Roduit

Assistant scenographer
Eva Lillian Wagner

Assistant costume designer
Mona Eglsoer / Monika Annabel Zimmer

Production intern
Maimuna Barry

Stage manager
Aleksandar Sascha Dinevski

Produced by
Schauspielhaus Zürich avec Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble

In coproduction with
Festival d’Avignon, Holland Festival (Amsterdam), 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 (Douai), December Dance - Concertgebouw and Cultuurcentrum Brugge

Supported by
Trajal Harrell Schauspielhaus Zürich Dance Ensemble Fan Club

Orpheas Emirzas
Le Rideau de saison, Maak & Transmettre · photos : Lucile Dizier, 2024