Quartet for the End of Time

Moved by the story of Olivier Messiaen’s survival of WWII and the legendary creation of the Quartet for the End of Time during Messiaen’s imprisonment in a Nazi war camp, Trajal Harrell brings us his quartet of the same name. Reframed as a “hoochie-koochie” show of moving bodies, film, video, photography, sound, and architecture, this work asks, “is it possible to present sincerity in today’s ironic culture?”.

Tickle the Sleeping Giant (stage number 8)
Oct 18 at 2pm, David R. White Studio
FREE to Quartet for the End of Time ticket holders

Tickle the Sleeping Giant is a permanent work in progress developing over the course of 20 stages.

Quartet for The End of Time was originally commissioned by the Bessie Schönberg/First Light Commissioning and Creative Residency Program of Dance Theater Workshop with support from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Jerome Robbins Foundation. Also, funded in part, by MAP Fund/Rockefeller Foundation and FUSED (French-US Exchange in Dance), a program of the National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, Culturesfrance, and FACE (French-American Cultural Exchange) with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitiable Foundation and The Florence Gould Foundation. The piece has been supported by the Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort in the program of l'accueil-studio/ Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication with residency support provided by CCN de Montpellier Languedoc-Rousillon, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort, and Center National de Danse Contemporaine Angers. Additional residency support also provided by White Oak Center and Foundation. Additional funding provided by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Zacks Family Foundation, and the Alfred Meyer Foundation.