So I saw the Large (L) version of the above performance by Trajal Harrell a couple of weeks ago at New York Live Arts and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. Antigone Sr./Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church (L), is one of five works sharing the name and themes explored in this series of work. I went to a school where modern and contemporary dance was an important part of the college’s history and identity. I have seen what I think have been a number of really great dance performances as well as art performances and theater—in and out of school—but I have never seen anything like Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church.After visiting the absolutely boring if not academic leaning Whitney Biennial earlier that day and having a little of my faith in art and rattled, seeing Trajal Harrell’s work later that evening completely restored my faith that powerful original art work is still being made and celebrated, and I’m so grateful. I’m so glad I saw this performance and if I ever get a chance to see Harrall’s work again I will not hesitate to do so.
Read the NYTimes review of this work here