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2018 APAP Showcase for Presenters
Saturday, January 13th, 2018 at 10:50 am
at NY City Center Studio 4, 130 West 56th Street New York, NY

TBDC will perform excerpts of L'Amour au théâtre (2009)
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Trisha Brown Dance Company and STREB EXTREME ACTION
Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 5 pm
at SLAM, 51 N 1st St, Brooklyn, NY (Williamsburg)
An afternoon of experimental dance and energetic cutting edge performances.
TBDC will perform Groove and Countermove (2000).

Transportation to Brooklyn available. Details with RSVP
The TBDC Winter Gala 2017
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The TBDC Winter Gala 2017

The Trisha Brown Dance Company and the Board of Directors invite you to join in the celebration of the opening night performance at the Joyce Theater followed at a reception at Chuck and Blade restaurant.

This year's gala will honor the work and life of Trisha Brown and benefitting
the Trisha Brown Dance Company as well as Terry Winters,
in celebration of his longtime collaborative relationship with Trisha.

Featuring performances by the Trisha Brown Dance Company
at their Joyce Theater engagement in New York City.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

7:30 PM - Joyce Theatre | 175 8th Avenue

9:00 PM - Chuck & Blade | 184 8th Avenue

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Trisha Brown Dance Company @ The Joyce Theater
“Few dance inventors have so combined the cerebral and sensuous sides of dance as Ms. Brown did, and few have been as influential.” - New York Times

Dec 12th - 17th, 2017
The Trisha Brown Dance Company and the Board of Directors invite you to the
Winter Gala 2017
In celebration of the opening night performance at the Joyce Theater followed by a reception at Chuck and Blade restaurant.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
7:30 PM - Joyce Theatre | 175 8th Avenue
9:00 PM - Chuck & Blade | 184 8th Avenue

Joyce audiences will have the chance to witness the choreographer’s genius when the Trisha Brown Dance Company takes the stage with three pivotal works works created between 2000 and 2009, during the choreographer’s final period of dance making. These dances illumnate Brown’s connection to music: Salvatore Sciarrino’s flute in Geometry of Quiet; Dave Douglas's jazz sounds in Groove and Countermove; and Jean-Phillippe Rameau’s baroque opera in L’Amour au théâtre.

Curtain Chat: Wed, Dec 13

Register to attend the TBCD Winter 2018 Intensive!
January 8-12, 2018
*12:00-2:00pm Technique Class
*2:30-6:00pm Workshop

Eden's Expressway
537 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

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In Community Memorial Honoring the Life and Work of Trisha Brown
Danspace Project and the dance community at large celebrate the legacy of Trisha Brown (1936-2017)

Trisha Brown altered how we perceive, create, and understand dance since forming her company in 1970. Over five hours, Brown’s company alums, colleagues, and admirers will speak, dance, reminisce, and pay tribute to one of our history’s greatest influencers.

This event is free and open to the public and guests may come and go throughout the day.
All are welcome to join in paying homage to Brown and her legacy in transforming our worldwide artistic community.

Excerpts of works
Accumulation (1971), Solo Olos (1976), Group Primary Accumulation (1973), Glacial Decoy (1979), Groove and Countermove (2000), Opal Loop (1980), Lateral Pass (1985), Son of Gone Fishing (1981), Set and Reset (1983), In Memoriam: by Stacy Spence (2016), Foray Foret (1990), Sky Map (1969), For MG: The Movie (1991), If You Couldn’t See Me (1994), In Memoriam: by Jon Kinzel (2017), Another Story as in Falling (1993), Spanish Dance (1976)

Film screenings of full pieces will be on view in the Sanctuary and Parish Hall.

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Trisha Brown Dance Company will present at Fall for Dance this year
October 2 & 3, 2017
Fall for Dance Festival
at New York City Center

Miami City Ballet, New Troy Schumacher (World Premiere)
Vincent Mantsoe, GULA
Trisha Brown Dance Company, You can see us
Dorrance Dance, Myelination (World Premiere)

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Trisha Brown Dance Company Bard College Residency Showing, September 28 & 29
Thursday and Friday, September 28 and 29, 2017
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts
at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

The Trisha Brown Dance Company performs selections from its current repertory, presented as an open rehearsal to conclude its Bard residency. Featuring two pieces from the final decade of Brown's celebrated career, along with one of her most influential works, Accumulation (1971), this program honors Brown, who passed away this year, and her legacy as a monumental force of American dance.

$15, Free for Bard students, faculty and staff
Ticket Link: https://fishercentertickets.bard.edu/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=1362

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Trisha Brown: In Plain Site at Contemporary Arts Center, October 13-15
Friday, October 13, 7:30pm
Saturday, October 14, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 15, 2:30pm
Sunday, October 15, 7:30pm

Trisha Brown (1936-2017) was one of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of our time; her groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of art. A student of Anna Halprin, Brown participated in the choreographic composition workshops taught by Robert Dunn from which Judson Dance Theater was born greatly contributing to the fervor of inter-disciplinary creativity that defined 1960s New York. Expanding the physical behaviors that qualified as dance, she discovered the extraordinary in the everyday, and brought tasks, games, natural movement and improvisation into the making of choreography. Brown has described herself as a "bricklayer with a sense of humor."

Today the Trisha Brown Dance Company continues to perpetuate Brown's legacy through its Trisha Brown: In Plain Site initiative. The Company draws on Brown's model for reinvigorating her choreography, re-siting works in relation to new contexts that include outdoor sites and museum settings, as well as theaters.

At the CAC, the company will animate the entire building, from the galleries, through the Freeport Theater and into the warehouses with works spanning several decades from the 1960s to the 2000s.

Tickets start at $25 for CAC members, for more information please visit:

Trisha Brown: In Plain Site at Art Power, October 21-22
October 21-22, 2017
2pm and 5pm
ArtPower at UC San Diego
at the La Jolla Projects by Ricahrd Fleischner, Stuart Collection
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0029

In planning since before Trisha Brown's death earlier this year, ArtPower is proud to present a unique iteration of In Plain Site, a site-specific work created for the UC San Diego campus by Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC). The company will adapt Brown's signature works around the campus, honoring her commitment to the presentation of performances in nontraditional venues, a format she helped pioneer.

Brown was an iconic American choreographer and cofounder of postmodern dance. She formed TBDC in 1970, and the company has toured her work throughout the world. She was a recipient of awards from the MacArthur Foundation, U.S. Artists, the Dorothy & Lillian Gish Prize, and the National Medal of the Arts, among many others.

Brown engaged collaborators who are themselves leaders in music, theater, and the visual arts, including visual artists Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, and Elizabeth Murray, and musicians Laurie Anderson, John Cage, and Alvin Curran, just to name a few. With these partners, she created exceptionally varied works that have been staples in the dance world for decades.

Part of La Jolla Playhouse's WoW festival.

Tickets start at $20 for youth, for more information please visit:

Trisha Brown: 1936-2017
It is with great sorrow that we share the news that artist Trisha Brown (b. 1936) died on March 18th in San Antonio, Texas, after a lengthy illness. She is survived by her son, Adam Brown, his wife Erin, her four grandchildren and by her brother Gordon Brown and sister Louisa Brown. Trisha Brown’s husband, artist Burt Barr, died on November 7, 2016.

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Susan Rosenberg on Trisha Brown, Artforum
At age sixteen, I glimpsed Trisha Brown in rehearsal at Bennington College. She was making Opal Loop, 1980, and being filmed by WGBH-TV Boston. What I saw indelibly touched me. I became an ardent, unrelenting fan of her choreography. I never imagined we would meet. That privilege came in 1999 when, as a curator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I invited Trisha to create her first new work for a museum since the 1970s (a decade when the art world provided her abstract dances their most important venues). After our project, It’s a Draw/Live Feed, 2003, premiered at Philadelphia’s Fabric Workshop and Museum, she asked me to write about her drawings, an invitation that turned out to be a kind of audition for me to author a book on her work.

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Susan Rosenberg, TBDC's Resident Scholar, writes about Trisha Brown
One of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, Trisha’s groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of art. From her roots in rural Aberdeen, Washington, her birthplace, Brown – a 1958 graduate of Mills College Dance Department – arrived in New York in 1961. A student of Anna Halprin, Brown participated in the choreographic composition workshops taught by Robert Dunn – from which Judson Dance Theater was born – greatly contributing to the fervent of interdisciplinary creativity that defined 1960s New York. Expanding the physical behaviors that qualified as dance, she discovered the extraordinary in the everyday, and brought tasks, rulegames, natural movement and improvisation into the making of choreography.

With the founding of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970, Brown set off on her own distinctive path of artistic investigation and ceaseless experimentation, which extended for forty years. The creator of over 100 choreographies, six operas, and a graphic artist, whose drawings have earned recognition in numerous museum exhibitions and collections, Brown’s earliest works took impetus from the cityscape of downtown SoHo, where she was a pioneering settler. In the 1970s, as Brown strove to invent an original abstract movement language – one of her singular achievements – it was art galleries, museums and international exhibitions that provided her work its most important presentation context. Indeed contemporary projects to introduce choreography to the museum setting are unthinkable apart from the exemplary model that Brown established.

Brown’s movement vocabulary, and the new methods that she and her dancers adopted to train their bodies, remain one of her most pervasively impactful legacies within international dance practice. However for Brown, these techniques were a means to an end – the creation of choreographies, which unfolded in a serial fashion. In the “Equipment Dances” (1968-1971), she explored gravity, perception and urban space. Brown introduced new rigor and systematicity to the “Accumulations” (1971-1975), dances derived from mathematical sequences common to the work of minimal and conceptual artists of her generation. When Brown developed what she named ‘memorized improvisation’ she discovered the foundational approach that would inform her dance-making for the remainder of her career. First announced in her solo Watermotor (1978) – a dance immortalized in the film shot by Babette Mangolte – Brown’s extraordinary, idiosyncratic virtuosity as a dancer became the touchstone for her mature movement vocabulary. It also served to demonstrate that, among the many components of Brown’s genius, was her ability to forge, access and represent the inseparability of mind-body intelligences.

Working in the studio with what was, until 1980, an all-female company, Brown became a master orchestrator of collaboration; she used her own body, language and images to elicit and catalyze her dancers’ improvisations, which she edited and structured as choreographies. A major turning point in Brown’s career occurred in 1979, when she transitioned from working in non-traditional and art world settings to assume the role of a choreographer working within the institutional framework associated with dancing – the proscenium stage.

With this decision she embarked on a more expansive collaborative process, inviting her contemporaries to contribute visual presentations (sets and costumes) as well as sound scores to her choreography. In her initial work with Robert Rauschenberg on Glacial Decoy (1979) she established the parameters for their artistic dialogue at the outset, drawing inspiration from the theater’s geometry and sightlines. Going forward, in her work with artists Fujiko Nakaya, Donald Judd, Nancy Graves, Terry Winters and Elizabeth Murray, and composers Robert Ashley, Laurie Anderson, Peter Zummo, Alvin Curran, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Dave Douglas, Brown identified the collaborative process as a manifestation of interacting and intersecting artistic intentions – and she worked hand in glove with these artists to bring each new production to fruition.

Brown’s best-loved work, the 1983 Set and Reset – a collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg and Laurie Anderson that premiered as part of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Next Wave Festival” – brought Brown international fame. It culminated the group of dances known as the “Unstable Molecular Cycle,” (1980-1983), all based in memorized improvisation. In “The Valiant Cycle” (1987-1989) Brown pushed the limits of her dancers’ athleticism and stamina, elevating abstract dance to theatrical proportions in her masterpiece, Newark (Niweweorce) (1987) for which Donald Judd provided the sets, costumes and sound score. With the “Back to Zero Cycle” (1990-1994) Brown entered new terrain, investigating ‘unconscious’ movement, while also bringing new inflections to her longstanding concern with themes of visibility and invisibility, as well as visual deflection.

Having performed in Lina Wertmuller’s 1987 production of Bizet’s Carmen, Brown – in the mid-1990s – set her sights on directing operas. In preparation she initiated the “Music Cycle,” in which she collaborated with what she described as two dead – i.e. timelessly alive – composers: Johann Sebastian Bach and Anton Webern. With new knowledge of polyphonic musical forms, she accepted the invitation of Bernard Foccroulle, director of Brussels famed La Monnaie opera house, to direct Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo in 1998 – the first of six operas that she would direct over the next fourteen years. In addition to engaging with this most venerable of interdisciplinary art forms, Brown created a single ballet, O Zlozony/O Composite (2004), at the behest of Brigitte Lefëvre, director of The Paris Opera Ballet – a project in which she worked with three of the company’s most esteemed Étoiles, and with artist Vija Celmins and composer Laurie Anderson. During the late 1990s and first decade of the 21st century, Brown worked simultaneously to create new choreographies working with contemporary artists and composers; directed operas; and further developed her work in the field of drawing.

Brown’s official retirement from dancing came in 2008, when she performed in I Love My Robots, a collaboration with Kenjiro Okazaki and Laurie Anderson. Her final works include two operas by Jean-Philippe Rameau, Hippolyte et Aracie and Pygmalian (2010), produced together with William Chrystie and Les Arts Florissants – as well as the sole male duet that she created, entitled Rogues (2011). Her work, I’m going to toss my arms- if you catch them they’re yours (2011), was the last dance Brown created. From the 1970s to the present Trisha Brown’s drawings have been widely exhibited in international museums and art galleries – among them, at Yale University Art Gallery and the Leo Castelli Gallery (1974); the Venice Biennale (1980); The Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia (2003); White Box Gallery, London (2004); Documenta XII (2007); and The Walker Art Center (2008). In addition, her drawings are held in major museum collections, including the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, The Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris among others. Brown is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York.

Today the Trisha Brown Dance Company continues to perpetuate Brown’s legacy through its Trisha Brown: In Plain Site initiative. Through it, the Company draws on Brown’s model for reinvigorating her choreography through its re-siting in relation to new contexts that include outdoor sites, and museum settings and collections. The Company is also involved in an ongoing process of reconstructing and remounting major works that Brown created for the proscenium stage between 1979 and 2011. In addition, the Company continues its work to consolidate Trisha Brown’s artistic legacy through their restoration and organization of her vast archives of notebooks; correspondence; critical reviews; and an unprecedented moving image catalogue raisonné, which records her meticulous creative process over many decades.

In her lifetime Trisha Brown was the recipient of nearly every award available to contemporary choreographers. The first woman to receive the coveted MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant (in 1991), Brown was honored by five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships; and Brandeis University’s Creative Arts Medal in Dance (1982). In 1988, she was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the government of France. In January 2000, she was promoted to Officier and in 2004, she was again elevated, this time to the level of Commandeur. Brown was a 1994 recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award and, at the invitation of President Bill Clinton, served on the National Council on the Arts from 1994 to 1997. In 1999, she received the New York State Governor’s Arts Award and, in 2003, was honored with the National Medal of Arts. She received the Capezio Ballet Makers Dance Foundation Award in 2010 and had the prestigious honor to serve as a Rolex Arts Initiative Mentor for 2010-11. She has received numerous honorary doctorates, is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was awarded the 2011 New York Dance and Performance ‘Bessie’ Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011, Brown received the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for making an “outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.” In 2012, Brown became a United States Artists Simon Fellow. Having received three awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (1971, 1974, and 1991), she was honored with the Foundation’s first Robert Rauschenberg Award in 2013. In 2013 she was honored with the BOMB Magazine Award and received the Honors Award given by Dance/USA in 2015. ~ Susan Rosenberg
"The Visionary: Trisha Brown Redefined Dance With Wit and Daring" by Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
"When I began to write dance reviews for the Village Voice in the rebellious Sixties, she — one of the founding members of the boldly iconoclastic Judson Dance Theater and among the smart-as-a-whip improvisers in the Grand Union during the Seventies — taught me that if an artist said he or she was making a dance, I'd better consider it as such...."

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"At Play With Trisha Brown" by Alastair Macauley, The New York Times
"Ms. Brown’s poetic use of natural physical impulses was integral to her charm as both dancer and choreographer."

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"A Farewell to Trisha Brown" by Wendy Perron, Dance Magazine
"Having danced with Trisha in the 1970s when the company was just five women, and having followed her choreography since then, I would say she was both a groundbreaking artist as well as a woman-centered leader. She invited people to think, move and see differently. And she was generous and caring toward her dancers."

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"Coreografare il tempo. In memoria di Trisha Brown" by Maria Paola Zedda, Artribune Magazine
"Icona della Post Modern Dance, coreografa dello spazio e del gesto, Trisha Brown ha donato al mondo, con la sua ricerca e pratica artistica, un profondo lascito...."

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"Trisha Brown, Choreographer and Pillar of American Postmodern Dance, Dies at 80" by Alastair Macauley, The New York Times
"Few dance inventors have so combined the cerebral and sensuous sides of dance as Ms. Brown did, and few have been as influential. Her choreography, showcased primarily in New York, helped shape generations of modern dance creators into the 21st century."

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"Disparition de Trisha Brown" by Agnès Izrine
"Trisha Brown s'est imposée, au cours de la seconde moitié du xxe siècle, comme une danseuse et chorégraphe des plus inventivesayant fait évoluer la danse moderne américaine ou modern dance. Partant du rejet de la gestuelle de l'époque, elle élabore un langage qui correspond à une aisance du corps dans un mouvement fluide, « silky », dit-elle, qui, au fil de son questionnement renouvelé, fait appel à une haute et complexe technicité....."

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"Trisha Brown, choreographer who revolutionized dance in the 20th century, dies at 80" by Emily Langer, The Washington Post
"The effect of her relentless experimentation was to enlarge the definition of dance."

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"Hommage a Trisha Brown" by Bernard Foccroulle
"Nous avons appris avec infiniment de tristesse le décès de Trisha Brown. Le Festival d’Aix avait accueilli cette immense artiste à plusieurs reprises : sa mise en scène et chorégraphie de L’Orfeo de Monteverdi avait fait sensation en 1998 et, après une tournée triomphale en Europe et en Amérique, avait été reprise en 2007. Trisha était revenue à Aix en 2010 avec une soirée Rameau, qui incluait Pygmalion et des extraits de Hippolyte et Aricie......"

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"Five Artists On Working With Trisha Brown," The New York Times
Stephen Petronio, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Elizabeth Streb, Laurie Anderson, and Terry Winters speak about working with Trisha Brown.

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Danspace Project: "Remembering Trisha Brown: Ralph Lemon, Vicky Shick, Stacy Spence, Laurie Uprichard, Judy Hussie-Taylor"
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