Trisha Brown Dance Company

Trisha Brown: In Plain Site

Early works and excerpts from Trisha Brown’s vast repertory, performed in an art museum

Trisha Brown’s name is engraved in the annals of contemporary dance history as one of the pioneers from the liminal era when modern dance evolved into postmodern dance. From her time in the early 1960s with Judson Dance Theater, whose experimental work with improvisational dance proved groundbreaking, to her later collaborations with the likes of music artists John Cage and Laurie Anderson, artists Donald Judd and Robert Rauschenberg, and choreographer Merce Cunningham, Brown has been a leading figure in avant-garde dance. Despite her great influence globally, Brown’s work is rarely performed in Japan. Although she no longer leads her company, the troupe continues to tour the world, reconstructing her archive of work. As part of this project the company comes to Kyoto to perform at the National Museum of Modern Art. There the company presents an omnibus of Brown’s experimental works in the unique set t ing of a publ i c ar t museum, transcending the five decades since their first inception to resonate with contemporary audiences in an unconventional performance space. This is a very special opportunity to experience Trisha Brown’s critically incisive, vibrant dance.

1F Lobby, The National Museum of Modern
Art, Kyoto

Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown is the founder, first artistic director, and choreography of Trisha Brown Dance Company. She was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington, and moved to New York City in 1961, where she was instantly immersed in what was to become the postmodern phenomena of Judson Dance Theater. Her movement investigations found the extraordinary in the everyday and challenged existing perceptions of performance.
Brown, along with like-minded artists, pushed the limits of choreography and changed modern dance forever. In 1970, Brown formed her company and explored the terrain of her adoptive SoHo with Man Walking Down the Side of a Building (1970) and Roof Piece (1971). Her first work for the proscenium stage, Glacial Decoy (1979), was also the first of her many collaborations with Robert Rauschenberg. The now iconic Set and Reset (1983), with original music by Laurie Anderson and visual design by Robert Rauschenberg, completed Brown’s first fully developed cycle of work, Unstable Molecular Structure. Her many other collaborators included Fujiko Nakaya, Donald Judd, and John Cage. She has created over 100 works, including opera. Brown is also an accomplished visual artist and her drawings have been seen in exhibitions, galleries, and museums throughout the world including the Venice Biennale, The New Museum, Documenta XII, Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Founding Artistic Director and ChoreographerTrisha Brown
Artistic DirectorsCarolyn Lucas, Diane Madden
DancersCecily Campbell, Marc Crousillat, Olsi Gjeci, Leah Ives, Laurel Jenkins, Jamie Scott, Stuart Shugg
Production ManagerColman Rupp
Stage managerBetsy Ayer
Company ManagerAnne Dechêne
International RepresentationThérèse Barbanel
Executive DirectorBarbara Dufty
Supported byMid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and by Asian Cultural Council, With the cooperation of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Presented byKyoto Experiment