The Köln Concert

The Köln Concert

  • Trajal Harrell / Schauspielhaus Zürich (Schweiz)
02.November  19:30 - 20:40
Schauspielhaus / Große Bühne
  • Dance

German premiere

Choreographer Trajal Harrell will present his first work as director of Schauspielhaus Zürich’s new dance company at the opening of the 31st euro-scene Leipzig. A dance piece to the most famous solo piano recording of all time – Keith Jarrett’s THE COLOGNE CONCERT. Harrell will open this moving evening with four songs by Canadian musician Joni Mitchell.

After many months of lockdown and distancing rules in the theater, THE KÖLN CONCERT is looking for a language to bring people close even in times of social distancing. The shared experience of frailty – of people dancing who show their vulnerability on stage – is a reminder of the need to stay close despite everything. A reminder to have respect for yourself and for each other, and not to forget that there are many stories to be told about those who are barely heard or seen. People pushed into the shadows, the lonely, the addicted, the abandoned, the homeless, the sad, who defy their abandonment proudly and with beauty.

It is important to learn afresh how to create theater and dance. In front of an audience. With distance and caution. But with no less dedication.

Trajal Harrell is originally from the USA and has lived in Athens for many years. He became known worldwide for his series of works TWENTY LOOKS OR PARIS IS BURNING AT THE JUDSON CHURCH and is now a regular guest of the most important international venues for dance and visual arts. Since 2019, Trajal Harrell is in-house director at the Schauspielhaus Zurich.

7:30 p.m. Minister of State Barbara Klepsch and Mayor of Culture Dr. Skadi Jennicke officially open the 31st euro-scene Leipzig with the new festival director Christian Watty.

After the performance, we cordially invite you to a reception hosted by the Swiss Embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany. Please note the current information on this at


Section I
30/ 15 euros

Section II
26/13 euros

Section III
22 / 11 euros

Director / choreography / stage / costumes: Trajal Harrell 

With: Titilayo Adebayo, Maria Ferrera Silva, Trajal Harrell, Thibault Lac, Nojan Bodas Mair, Songhay Toldon, Ondrej Vidlar 

Music: Keith Jarrett, Joni Mitchell 

Lighting: Sylvain Rausa 

Dramaturgy: Katinka Deecke 

Audience Development: Mathis Neuhaus 

Theater education: Manuela Runge 

Production assistant: Maja Renn 

Stage design assistant: Ann-Kathrin Bernstetter, Natascha Leonie Simons 

Costume assistant: Ulf Brauner, Miriam Schliehe 

Stage manager: Michael Durrer 

Director’s intern: Moritz Lienhard 

International relations & touring management: Björn Pätz.
To music by Keith Jarrett and Joni Mitchell.
Use in agreement with ECM Records.

Photo: Reto Schmid

Production: Schauspielhaus Zürich

Archive 2021

31st Festival Year