The choreographer Trisha Brown has made dances worth arguing about for more than 50 years, and for at least 30 years her dances have been loved across the world. Many of today’s best-known choreographers —including David Gordon, Mark Morris and Stephen Petronio—have cited her influence, whether for the poetic fluidity of her movement or for the steely, analytical methods of her choreographic structures. A pioneer of the pure-dance experimentalists of the 1960s and ’70s, she challenged and changed the way we define dance performance. – Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times
“I’m going to toss my arms– if you catch them they’re yours”… leaves us with the impression that Trisha Brown has found the perfect balance between structural rigor and a total absence of codification. –Agnès Izrine, Dancer, November 2011 (translated from French)
I’m going to toss my arms—if you catch them they’re yours premiered in October 2011 at Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris with sold-out performances for a two-week run. It was met with enthusiastic critical praise in both Paris and Rome and for its New York City premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in 2013. The piece features original music by Rome-based composer Alvin Curran (who created music for For M.G.: The Movie in 1991). The proscenium work features industrial fans in a set designed by Brown’s longtime partner, video artist Burt Barr, Tyvek costumes by Kaye Voyce and lights by John Torres. In keeping with Brown’s tradition of site specificity, this performance is recontextualized on Pier 15 peering into East River Waterfront.
Original Visual Presentation: Burt Barr
Original Music: Alvin Curran, Toss and Find
Original Lights: John Torres
Premiere: Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris, France, October 5, 2011
Original Cast: Neal Beasley, Elena Demyanenko, Dai Jian, Leah Morrison, Tamara Riewe, Nicholas Strafaccia, Laurel Jenkins Tentindo and Samuel Wentz
June 25 (Public Dress Rehearsal) at 7:00pm
June 26 (Performance) at 4:00pm – NOTE TIME CHANGE
at Pier 15
Please note: The performance on Thursday, June 26 is at 4:00pm.
Free – No RSVP required
Trisha Brown Dance Company gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Charles Engelhard Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/USArtists International, National Film Preservation Foundation, The New York Community Trust, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, 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 Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and all of the Company’s Individual Donors.
I’m going to toss my arms- if you catch them they’re yours is supported by New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)
Watermark Bar & Lounge will be offering 25% off for River To River audience members who mention “River To River” during River To River events at Pier 15: http://watermarkny.com/