New York Live Arts Welcomes Trisha Brown Dance Company, Now thru 4/13
New York Live Arts presents the Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) in a week-long residency with performances of Son of Gone Fishin'; Opal Loop/Cloud Installation #72503; Solo Olos; and Rogues, today, April 8 - 12 at 7:30pm and April 13 at 3:00pm in New York Live Arts' Theater. In addition to the six performances, the residency will include open rehearsals, a master class, discussions and an archival exhibition in both the Live Arts building and online.
The eagerly anticipated reconstruction of Son of Gone Fishin' (1981), Brown's first musical collaboration, features original music from Robert Ashley's, Atalanta. According to Brown, Son of Gone Fishin' reaches the "apogee of complexity in [her] work." This diabolically complex choreographic structure is belied by the constant ebb and flow of six dancers accompanied by musical arrangements from orchestral parts of three operas in Ashley's Atalanta. The performances at Live Arts will debut newly created costumes by original costume designer Judith Shea, inspired by her archival design notes. Archival notes from the original collaboration, featuring a set by Donald Judd, will also be presented online.
Also newly reconstructed, Solo Olos (1976) is a section of Brown's Line Up, a series of dances created at a point in Brown's choreographic career when she was exploring a concept she called "Pure Movement," which denotes movement free of other connotations. Epitomizing the rigor and play in Brown's work, Solo Olos utilizes a brilliant network of interconnected phrases danced both forwards and backwards. As a "Caller" gives directions to the performers, an impromptu composition is revealed. As described by Deborah Jowitt in The Village Voice, "Solo Olos is as beautiful and subtly shaped as water rippling over stones. Like the title, the movements flow along, pause, and then reverse."
Rogues (2011) was recently described as "[s]implest and best.[a]s they tipped, stepped, rotated and twisted, their dancing celebrated life rather than artifice" by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times following its premiere at the Fall for Dance Festival. This duet for two men explores unison movement and aberration. With original music by Alvin Curran, costumes by Kay Voyce and lights by John Torres, Rogues "enthrallingly display[s] how an impulse that begins in a shift of the torso or a lift of the arm can create a momentum that the body, effortlessly it seems, converts into a phrase of shape and texture" (The New York Times).
Opal Loop/Cloud Installation #72503 (1980) is Brown's "breathtaking" (The New York Times) collaboration with Japanese fog artist Fujiko Nakaya. This mysterious piece that flirts with perception and illusion features four dancers moving through Nakaya's fog "cloud sculpture," which creates sound as water passes through high-pressure nozzles. The movement reflects the delicate balance of the air surrounding the dancers, both constantly changing form and drifting off. Part of Brown's "Unstable Molecular Structure" cycle, Opal Loop/Cloud Installation #72503 features costumes by Judith Shea and lights by Beverly Emmons.
Performances will take place in New York Live Arts' Theater. A Come Early Conversation and Stay Late Discussion will be featured with two shows, as well as a related Shared Practice Workshop and Tech Talk (complete details below). Tickets are $40 and may be purchased online at newyorklivearts.org/season by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.
Schedule of Related Events:
Apr 7 at 4:00pm Tech Talk: Behind the Scenes of Opal Loop/Cloud Installation #72503 in the Live Arts Theater, followed by a Q&A in the lobby
Apr 10 at 6:30pm Come Early Conversation: Diane Madden (Associate Artistic Director, TBDC) in dialogue with costume designer Judith Shea
Apr 11 Stay Late Discussion: TBDC dancers in conversation with Associate Artistic Directors, Diane Madden and Carolyn Lucas, moderated by Lee Serle