The Trisha Brown Dance Company
will perform February 23.
February 14, 2005
Gravity-defying dance performance to be presented
by UCSC Arts & Lectures
By Scott Rappaport
The work of dancer/choreographer Trisha Brown is well known
for its lack of respect for the laws of physics.
"Geometry of Quiet"
is one of the three dances in the Arts & Lectures
Throughout Brown's artistic career that has spanned more than
three decades, her dancers have literally walked on walls and
down the faces of buildings. Twisting in midair, they have climbed
up and down each other in simulation of a spiral staircase.
As the Seattle Times noted in a recent review, entire
dancers abandoned the earth for what felt like extended periods
of time during the U.S. premiere of her piece, Present
The Trisha Brown Dance Company will perform Present Tense
along with two other dynamic works on Wednesday, February 23,
at the Henry Mello Center in Watsonville. The show begins at
Trisha Brown is quite famous for her gravity-defying
choreography, noted UCSC Arts & Lectures production
coordinator Moon Rinaldo. Present Tense uses
daring aerial choreography, which is essentially borrowed from
the circus. Suspended in space, her dancers seem to come out
of thin air.
Browns company will also perform Groove and Countermove,
a mesmerizing homage to jazz, and Geometry of Quiet,
a piece lauded by the Village Voice for the calm
austerity that pervades her stunning new dance.
In Groove and Countermove, the dancers are
each dressed in a solid color so that together they form a full
spectrum rainbow, said Rinaldo. As they come together
and split apart, its as though they are embodying the
paths of refracted light falling over the stage.
The first woman to receive a coveted MacArthur Foundation genius
award, Brown became one of the leaders of New Yorks experimental
Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s--a revolutionary movement
that changed modern dance forever. After forming the Trisha
Brown Dance Company in 1970, she began collaborating with such
artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Laurie Anderson, Nancy Graves,
Fujiko Nakaya, and John Cage.
In 1987, Brown received both a Dance Magazine award
for 25 Years of Sustained Innovations, and the Laurence
Olivier Award for Most Outstanding Achievement in Dance.
Brown was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Academy of Arts
and Letters in 1997.
The Trisha Brown Dance Company can be found performing regularly
at the landmark opera houses of New York, Paris, and London,
as well as numerous theaters throughout the world.
Brown is really the queen of postmodern danceshe
was integral to defining the American avant-guarde movement
and her style has stood the test of time, said Rinaldo.
Her choreography is quintessential sixties coolelegantly
minimal and poetic in an urban sort of way.
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