TRISHA BROWN FEATURE
' Also jetting in from New York on the Tramway express IS the legendary experimental choreographer TRISHA BROWN. Tamsm Grainger recalls the most stunning entries on her resume’.
risha Brown is a doyenne of company in harnesses suspended from the postmodern dance, now most ceiling, the choreography was performed popular for her laid-back, languid perpendicular to the ﬂoor, or, in the case of performance and stylish, Spiral, up and down tree trunks, at right loose-limbed choreography. angles to the grass in the local park. Celebrating thirty years of Indeed, Brown courted shock value. In experimental dance, Brown currently Roof Piece (1973), dancers were stationed performs mixed programmes of vintage and on an assortment of fifteen rooftOps, with entirely new work, with, in Tramway’s case, the audience on another, and relayed a an up-to-date, re-worked version of Opal series of movements across the Manhattan Convertible, entitled Opal Converted. skyscape, like beacons on hilltops Born in Aberdeen, Washington, Brown is responding to each other. still best known for her joint founding ofthe In 1979, Brown transferred her work to Judson Dance Theatre with mainstream theatres. With designs by the arch-experimenter Yvonne Rainer in 1962. likes of Robert Rauschenberg (see Glacial Based at the Judson Church in downtown Decay) and scores by up-and-coming New York, the group was at the forefront of composers including Laurie Anderson, modern dance, and was concerned with the Brown’s talent was being recognised by the unadulterated basics of everyday dance literati. movement. They rejected all the forced Nowadays, she has matured still further positions and unnatural gesturing that was and is féted the world over. ‘The so much part of traditional classical and deliberately pedestrian gestures of the early contemporary dance. works have evolved into a silky, supple and Inﬂuenced and taught by Anna Halprin, a highly personalised brand of virtuosity,’ champion of natural movement, Brown wrote dance critics Robertson and Hutera. continued to experiment with the perceived Certainly Brown is one of the most notion of dance in Grand Union, an inﬂuential choreographers in Scottish dance improvisatory company she started in 1970, circles and is still inventing new and unusual as well as with her own troupe, founded in performance devices. Not to mention the the same year. fact that as a performer she is a wonder to In Walking on the Wall(1970) Brown watch- challenged the accepted notion that dancers Trisha Brown Company perform Foray must dance on the ﬂoor. Hanging her Forét at Tramway on 4 and 5 November.
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