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140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
A hoochie-coochie show for modern audiences.
Choreographer Trajal Harrell, creator of the series Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (2014 Fringe Festival), uses the origins of modern dance to create an entirely new performance piece, one that invites the viewer to step into an unexplored historical imagination.
Arising from performances at the World’s Fairs of 19th-century Europe and America, the hoochie-coochie presented bastardized, titillating versions of Middle Eastern dance. Informed by the ritualized moves of dance-floor voguing and the Japanese dance-theater tradition of butoh, Caen Amour explores what erotic dancing of the past would look like today, exoticism and spectacle remaining intact.
Led by a cast of (mostly) male dancers performing as women, Caen Amour asks questions like: What is a woman? What role did hoochie-coochie performers have in establishing dance as an art form? Part cheesy peep show, part historical reenactment, Caen Amour is a wholly innovative dance experience.
$35 general / $24.50 member
$15 student + 25-and-under
Photo by Orpheas Emirzas