Trisha Brown Dance Company
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A maverick and pioneer of postmodern dance, Washington State native Trisha Brown has spent a lifetime exploring movement that finds the extraordinary in the everyday and challenges existing perceptions of performance. She has pushed the limits of choreography and changed modern dance forever. Her company returns to Meany Hall for a retrospective of Brown's stage work.
“Invariably sensuous, characterized by inventive wit...she keeps adding to the sum of human happiness” (The New York Times). Program to include PRESENT TENSE (2003), Son of Gone Fishin’ (1981), Rogues (2011) and You can see us (1995).
Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) is a post-modern dance company dedicated to the performance, and preservation of the work of Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer, Trisha Brown. Founded in 1970, TBDC has toured throughout the world presenting the work, teaching and building relationships with audiences and artists alike.
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, to name a few. With these partners, Brown has created an exceptionally varied body of work, with premieres and performances for NYC audiences and international counterparts.
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.
The Company’s Education and Outreach program includes worldwide workshops, master classes, and lecture demonstrations. Licenses of selected works are given to selected educational institutions and professional companies worldwide, and works are regularly restaged on dance students and professional companies. Recent education and restaging projects include Lyon Opera Ballet, Stephen Petronio Company, Paris Opera Ballet, Candoco Dance Company (London), Belgium’s professional training program P.A.R.T.S., London Contemporary Dance School, Mills College, The Live Legacy Project (Dusseldorf), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rutgers University, Yale University, Theatre Academy Helsinki (Finland) ,Centre National de Danse Contemporaine Angers (France), and multiple New York institutions including Barnard College, New York University, and The New School. TBDC is Founding Partner of Gibney Dance Center’s downtown location in New York City.
Beginning in fall 2015, TBDC is partnering with Bard College in the creation of a comprehensive two-year residency. Drawing inspiration from Brown’s interdisciplinary and collaborative process, TBDC will cultivate a curriculum for students that embody these ideologies through courses in dance technique, repertory, and creative practice across forms. In addition, TBDC will have an annual full-company residency, allowing for more in-depth engagement initiatives on campus at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
In 2009, TBDC created the Trisha Brown Archive, working with Archive consultants and long-term staff members on cataloguing the ephemera that surround Brown’s master works, and the preservation of materials that are indispensable to the Company’s working process. TBDC holds significant archival material, including master performance footage of over 90 original works as well as “building tapes” – videos made while Brown created these works. With the generous funds from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, TBDC has built a content-rich database for the Trisha Brown Archive, which holds close to 3,000 items from over 40 years of Brown’s artistic work. The Archive further consists of sets, costumes, press, photos, Company records and scores by some of the pre-eminent artists of the era. Archival material is used during the Company’s rehearsal processes and integrated into TBDC’s performance engagements to create a historical context for the work that is seen on stage, and displayed in stand-alone exhibitions worldwide.