Sunday, June 21 at 4:00pm and 6:00pm
at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park

“I often experience a crippling fear when approaching an unfamiliar type of art. There’s a worry that I wont “get” it. […] I realized there was nothing to “get.” Or rather, I didn’t need to “get” anything. Simply watching a group of people in motion—smooth, calculated, simple motion—was the only takeaway I needed. After all, what is dance but movement? What else did I need to know? Like I said, I loved it.” – Milwaukee Record, Matt Wild

In Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, Wagner Park, New York, a newly created initiative by the Company, TBDC will use selected material from the company’s extensive repertoire and weave it together inspired by the beauty of Robert F. Wagner Park to create a memorable, site-specific performance.

With each iteration of Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, the audience experiences Brown’s work from a fresh perspective with programs designed to accommodate the unique attributes of the space. Released from a proscenium stage and reimagined in new non-traditional venues, this model brings the dances closer to the audience, creating opportunities for audiences to have a more intimate relationship with some of Brown’s greatest works.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

 

 

This event is free and open to all.
Download a PDF of the event program here.

Performance may include the following excerpts from Trisha Brown’s works:

  • Scallops (from Early Works, 1973)
  • Corners (from Early Works, 1976)
  • Accumulation (from Early Works, 1971)
  • Leaning Duet I (from Early Works, 1971)
  • Group Primary Accumulation with Movers (from Early Works, 1973)
  • Sticks I (from Early Works, 1973)
  • Curl Curve Back Up (from I’m going to toss my arms – if you catch them they’re yours, 2011)
  • Sticks IV (from Early Works, 1973)
  • Spanish Dance (from Early Works, 1973)
  • Figure Eight (from Early Works, 1974)

Recognized as one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of her time, Trisha Brown’s role as the curator of her own work remains one of her most significant, if unacknowledged contributions to dance and art history. With its new programmatic model, In Plain Site, the Trisha Brown Dance Company brings this facet of Brown’s vision to the foreground, excavating from her self-defined history and artistic trajectory the means to perpetuate her legacy into the future. Brown (b. 1936) consolidated her identity as a choreographer in the 1970s, when she derived her abstract work’s visual, kinesthetic, and compositional logic by enlisting architectural, sculptural and urban parameters as the basis for choreographic scores. Paralleling developments in museums – where curator’s interest in the contingency of sculptural objects that were made specifically for exhibitions and dismantled at their close — Brown’s creation of ephemeral dances defined by physical constructs, found and made, brought invitations to present her work in museums and galleries: the Whitney Museum (1971); the Wadsworth Atheneum (1972); Sonnabend Gallery (1973); the Walker Art Center (1974); and in international exhibitions throughout the 1970s. During this period Brown eschewed the creation of a choreographic repertory.

Each performance not only inspired the emergence of new dance ideas based on a cumulatively evolving foundation of artistic principles, brought to fruition through their interaction with new sites of presentation. Importantly, Brown also continued to perform existing choreographies, but renewed their meanings and experiences for audiences through her works’ re-siting in new contexts. Her most extensive application of this method occurred in a 1974 Walker Art Center event, which she considered her first museum retrospective. For this occasion she re-presented her work in the museum’s galleries; in a theater; and in the outdoor lagoon of Minneapolis’s Loring Park. Her approach also reflected exceedingly precise decisions about the juxtaposition of one choreography to another, a practice that continued to inform her work on the proscenium stage, from 1979-2012, the year of her official retirement as a choreographer. Over the last decade the Trisha Brown Dance Company’s international museum programming has returned Brown’s “Early Works of the 1970s” to the settings for which they originally made to be seen. In the process, the company has reached beyond her 1970s works to re-present selected choreographic material – extracted from the full range of Brown’s oeuvre, including that made for the proscenium stage– against surprising backdrops: that of artworks by her contemporaries; in European chateaux and gardens; on museum rooftops and atriums; and in remote landscapes. In Plain Site extends and amplifies Brown’s site-determined curatorial thinking. Working in dialogue with presenters the company will be developing projects that follow from Brown’s methods for the constant revitalization of her rich body of choreography and artistic principles, enabling audiences to experience the range of her artistry as reframed against wide-ranging, ever-changing and unexpected venues and environments.

– Susan Rosenberg, Scholar-in-Residence, Trisha Brown Dance Company

Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, Wagner Park, New York is supported in part by Battery Park City Authority and Howard Gilman Foundation.

Trisha Brown Dance Company gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, the Charles Engelhard Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/USArtists International, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, National Film Preservation Foundation, The New York Community Trust, the Princess Grace Foundation, the 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. Trisha Brown Dance Company wanted to extend our sincere thanks to the Trisha Brown Company Board and all of the Company’s Individual Donors.

 

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