Art in Print
£20m puts new spin on historic Piece Hall in Halifax
Often described as the north’s best kept secret, the Piece Hall in Halifax will reopen to the public today after three and half year renovations. Built around 1774, this Georgian building was built by wealthy local merchants for handloom weavers to sell their woollen “pieces” but was made redundant within a few years by the industrial revolution. The Grade-1 listed building was almost demolished in 1972 to make way for a shopping centre. Piece Hall is now an arts venue with independent retailers and bars.
Via: The Times
Trajal Harrell – the dirty dancer voguing his way into history
In his art, American dancer and choreographer Trajal Harrell was influenced by the unusual mix of the voguing balls of Harlem, the hoochie koochie dances of rural America, and the runaway model walk. Exploring the history of dance subcultures has long been Harrell’s obsession. However, as a choreographer, he does not aim at creating historically accurate reconstructions of those dances, describing his choreographies as constructions of his imagination. He discovered vogue in New York when a friend took him to a voguing ball.
Via: The Guardian
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