Trisha Brown Dance Company Announces Plan for the Future of Brown's Company and Her Works


Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) today announced plans for the future course of the company and of Trisha Brown's oeuvre.

TBDC's plan offers a new vision for extending the life of a single-artist dance company. It includes the Board's plans for artistic succession; a farewell tour of works made for the stage, seen one last time in their original context; the company's plans for the ongoing presentation oF Brown's masterworks in both site-specific and museum contexts; and the preservation oF Brown's papers, film and video archive, sets, and costumes.

"As we considered how to keep Trisha's work alive in the world, we were compelled to ask, 'How can we innovate in a way that is worthy of a revolutionary artist like Trisha?'" said Kirk Radke, President of the TBDC Board. "We had to find a new model: one that honors Trisha's spirit, her playfulness, her continual rethinking of her work, her stature as a visual artist. This plan does that. It is a bold reimagining of how the public experiences the work of a great choreographer."

As previously announced, Brown has choreographed her last two works for the company. Effective February 1, 2013 she will take the title of Founding Artistic Director and ChoreographeR. Brown has named Diane Madden and Carolyn Lucas as Associate Artistic Directors.

"Diane and Carolyn have worked with Trisha since 1980 and 1984, respectively," said Barbara Dufty, Executive Director of TBDC. "They are the ideal people to reconstruct Trisha's work for the tour and to repurpose her works for life beyond the stage. As we move into our next phase, they provide continuity and impassioned leadership for the company."

The company kicks off its three-year, international "Proscenium Works, 1979-2011" tour with its 2013 BAM season (January 30-February 2). The tour will showcase Brown's major stage works for one final time in the proscenium format, complete with the significant components created by Brown's collaborators including Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, Laurie Anderson, Terry Winters, Elizabeth Murray, Nancy Graves and others.

In April 2013, as part of the tour, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA will present "Trisha Brown: The Retrospective Project," engaging numerous platforms to explore Brown's past and current work. The project includes site-specific works (Roof Piece at the J. Paul Getty Museum's Getty Center, Floor of the Forest at the Hammer Museum, Man Walking Down the Side of a Building, location TBA); eight proscenium choreographies; the innovative use of archival materials; and dancer-to-dancer education programs. Collaborating with the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Hammer Museum, local performers and several university entities, the CAP UCLA project exemplifies the potential for the dynamic interplay oF Brown's seminal works and methodology within public and museum settings.