Trisha Brown Dance Company
Anthology: Trisha Brown
Commemorating the legacy of dance pioneer Trisha Brown
Opal Loop / Cloud Installation #72503
L’Amour au thèâtre
Groove and Countermove
The death of the choreographer Trisha Brown in March at the age of 80 reverberated around the world. Beginning her long and varied career in New York in the 1960s, Brown became a leading figure in contemporary dance through her highly experimental work that overturned the conventions of theater, as well as her collaborations with artists such as John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg, and her choreography for the Paris Opera Ballet. In spring 2016, the Trisha Brown Dance Company performed a selection of Brown’s early work for three sold-out dates at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
The company now returns to the festival with three pieces for theater spaces, including L’Amour au Théâtre, which uses an aria by the French Baroque composer Rameau, and Opal Loop / Cloud Installation #72503, which was developed out of a collaboration with the “fog sculptures” of Fujiko Nakaya. The performances are an opportunity to witness the legacy left by the tireless pioneer that was Trisha Brown and consider how this can be passed onto the next generation.
- Hall, Kyoto Prefectural center for Arts & Culture
- New York, U.S.A.
Trisha Brown Dance Company
When Brown retired as head of her Company in 2013, the Board appointed longtime Company members Diane Madden and Carolyn Lucas as Associate Artistic Directors with the mandate that they present her dances in a variety of spaces, indoors and out, proscenium and alternative; develop, deepen and expand the Company’s educational initiatives; and treat the Company’s archive as a living organism to be used to better understand her work, in particular, and dance in general. The Company is currently in its last year of its three-year Proscenium Works, 1979-2011 tour, which has toured to over 50 major national and international locations, with performances throughout Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Israel, Portugal, Spain, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and within the United States to California, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin, Washington as well as New York. In addition, TBDC has devised a new way to experience Brown’s vast repertory by placing it into unconventional sites. Trisha Brown: In Plain Site is currently touring alongside the Proscenium Works, 1979-2011 tour, and will continue to tour nationally and internationally in 2016 and beyond. Working closely with the presenter, the Company creates a specific program for the venues or sites they select, adapting Brown’s broad range of works into a site-specific performance experience. Special focus is put on the audience engagement at each venue, breaking down access barriers, and providing a more intimate experience to an audience that includes families and people less familiar with modern dance.
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).
|Trisha Brown Dance Company|
|Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer|
|Associate artistic directors|
|Amanda Kmett’ Pendry|
|Trisha Brown Dance Company gratefully acknowledg-|
|es the generous ongoing support||The Fan Fox and|
|Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Gladys Krieble|
|Delmas Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for|
|Dance, the Nathan Cummings Foundation with the|
|support and encouragement of Ruth Cummings, the|
|New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance|
|Project, The Princess Grace Foundation—USA, The|
|Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the|
|Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the|
|support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New|
|York State Legislature, the New York City Depart-|
|ment of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City|
|TBDC also extends its sincere thanks to the Trisha|
|Brown Company Board of Trustees and all of the|
|Company’s Individual Donors.|