Trisha Brown Dance Company Raises $2.5 Million in Fundraising
The Trisha Brown Dance Company has raised $2.5 million, or half of the goal of the fundraising campaign it launched 13 months ago, according to an announcement by Brown Board President Kirk Radke. The money is earmarked for programs that ensure the future of the company.
When Ms. Brown retired as head of her company last year, the 77 year old choreographer appointed longtime company members Diane Madden and Carolyn Lucas as associate artistic directors with the mandate that they: (1) develop, deepen and expand the Company's educational initiatives to ensure new generations of Brown-trained dancers are technically qualified to perform her work and that her unique ideas about movement continue to stimulate generations of artists, (2) to present her dances in a variety of spaces, indoors and out, proscenium and alternative (3) treat the company's archive as a living organism to be used to better understand her work in particular, and dance in general.
The challenge was to design a workable plan that took each of the three into consideration, to connect the dots and to preserve the vibrant spirit of its founder as its heart and soul. Present and past dancers and company administrators were consulted, board members met for endless hours, other dance troupe leaders facing similar issues were questioned, discussions were held with present and future funders, national and international presenters and educational leaders were brought into the mix.
With lead support from the Trisha Brown Dance Company Board of Directors, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The New York Community Trust with major, ongoing support by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, great progress has been made in fulfilling Brown's mandate: P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium and Gibney Dance Center in New York City will be among the educational centers for the teaching of Brown's movement principles and choreographic ideas; in New York City, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and in Los Angeles the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA will continue to serve as performance collaborators. The Company is presently negotiating for an appropriate place for the Trisha Brown archives. Madden and Lucas are working closely with each of the partners and are overseeing all artistic aspects of the plan.