Trisha Brown Dance Company
Suzanne Dellal Centre is honored to host Trisha Brown Dance Company on the occasion of the Company’s historic 50th Anniversary. This world renowned dance company, founded by Trisha Brown, one of the founders of the postmodern dance movement, will present a specially-curated performance featuring a selection of works created by Trisha Brown between 1973-1985.
The performance will begin outside in Suzanne Dellal Centre’s spacious courtyard where the Company will perform Group Primary Accumulation (1973), in which four dancers, placed supine and equidistant from each other, generate a series of accumulating gestures; and Locus Trio (1980), the score for which is derived from a chart of 27 points on a cube of space immediately surrounding the dancer.
The performance will continue inside on the stage of Dellal Hall where the audience will be treated to three more historical masterpieces: Watermotor (1978) which leaves behind the starkness of Brown's postmodern task dances and presages the rich movement phrases in her works that follow; Decoy (1979), the dance from Glacial Decoy, a collaboration between Trisha Brown and Robert Rauschenberg for which he created the visual presentation and costumes; and Working Title (1985), one of Brown’s early explorations featuring eight dancers in new colorful costumes by Elizabeth Cannon.
Trisha Brown 1936-2017 (Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer) was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington, graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California, and studied with Anna Halprin before moving to New York City in 1961. 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. She 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 over 100 dance works.
Brown is also an accomplished visual artist; her drawings have been seen in exhibitions, galleries and museums throughout the world, she is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in NYC.
Trisha Brown is the first woman choreographer to receive the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Award.” She has been awarded many other honors including five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NY ‘Bessie’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and the Dance/USA Honors Award. She has been named a Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame, Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the government of France.
Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer: Trisha Brown
Associate Artistic Director: Carolyn Lucas
Artistic Consultant: Diane Madden
Dancers: Cecily Campbell, Marc Crousillat, Kimberly Fulmer, Leah Ives, Amanda Kmett’Pendry, Kyle Marshall, Patrick McGrath, Stuart Shugg, Hsiao-Jou Tang
Executive Director: Barbara Dufty
Trisha Brown Dance Company’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Trisha Brown Dance Company gratefully acknowledges the generous support by the New York Community Trust; National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; Howard Gilman Foundation; and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding provided by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; Shubert Foundation; Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Harkness Foundation for Dance; The Hyde and Watson Foundation; Rolex Institute; and Pathways Projects Institute.
TBDC also extends special thanks to Trisha Brown Company Chair Dorothy Lichtenstein, the Trisha Brown Company Board of Trustees, and the Company’s Individual Donors.
Christopher Duggan – Clark Museum