WORKSHOP TRISHA BROWN
TRISHA BROWN 1936-2017
FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
One of the most acclaimed and in uential choreographers and dancers of her time, Trisha Brown’s groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of art. From her roots in rural Aber- deen, Washington, her birthplace, Brown 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 cre- ativity that de ned 1960s New York. Expanding the physical behaviors that quali ed 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 distinc- tive 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 achieve- ments – 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 totrain their bodies, remain one of her most pervasively impactful legacies within international dance practice. 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 choreog- rapher working within the institutional framework associated with dancing – the proscenium stage.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 recon- structing 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 management of her vast archives of notebooks; correspondence; critical reviews; and an unprecedented moving image catalogue raisonné, which records her meticulous cre- alive process over many decades. © 2010 Marc Ginot
Sam Wentz, originally from North Dakota, started his professional training at Idyllwild Arts Academy (’06), received his BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts (’09), and was awarded the Teaching Fellowship as an MFA candidate at Bennington College (’16). He has worked with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (2009-14), Wally Cardona & Jennifer Lacey, Jay Carlon, Gerald Casel, Katherine Helen Fisher/Safety Third Productions, Levi Gonzalez, Jmy James Kidd, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Christopher Williams. Since 2013, Sam has been a guest teacher at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium as well as teaching company classes for Anna Theresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas Company. His class is influenced by his studies with Gerald Casel, Barbara Mahler and the work of Trisha Brown. He is currently a part-time faculty member at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
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. Established in 1970, TBDC has toured throughout the world presenting the work, teach- ing 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 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 appoint- ed 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.To complement and augment the proscenium touring, TBDC is offering Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, working closely with presenters worldwide in creating a speci c program for the venues or sites they select, adapting Brown’s broad range of works into a site-speci c 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 carefully chosen educational institutions and professional companies worldwide and works are regularly restaged on dance stu- dents and professional companies. Recent licensing and restaging projects include Lyon Opera Ballet, Stephen Petronio Company, Paris Opera Ballet, Candoco Dance Company (London), London Contemporary Dance School, Mills College, University of Washington Seattle, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and Yale University.In 2009, Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) created the Trisha Brown Archive. The collection fea- tures close to 3,000 moving image materials including master performance footage of over 90 original works as well as “building tapes” – videos made while Brown created these works. The Ar- chive also holds signi cant items such as photos, press, programs as well as audio material, musical scores, sets and costumes from Brown’s collaboration with some of the preeminent artists of the era. Archival material is used during the Company’s rehearsal processes and integrated into TBDC’s per- formance engagements to create a historical context for the work that is seen on stage. The Archive also provides reference assistance to staff members, students and researchers and facilitates re- quests for exhibition materials from a variety of cultural institutions. The Archive recently collaborated on three major exhibits on Robert Rauschenberg: Robert Rauschenberg at the Tate Modern, Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends at MOMA, and Robert Rauschenberg: Erasing the Rules at SF MOMA.
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