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Trisha Brown Dance Company Returns To The Joyce Theater this December

Trisha Brown Dance Company Returns To The Joyce Theater this December

Trisha Brown Dance Company returns to The Joyce Theater for the first time in 10 years to present three pivotal works that illumiNate Brown's profound connection to music. The six-night run also marks the first time the company has had a New York season since Trisha Brown passed away in March 2017, offering audiences the opportunity to witness the genius and long-lasting legacy of one of the most influential choreographers of our time. All three works, created between 2000 and 2009, feature costumes reconstructed by ElizaBeth Cannon and lighting design by Jennifer Tipton.


Set to Dave Douglas' progressive jazz sounds, the 23-minute Groove and Countermove (2000) reveals an intricate world of counterpoint between one dancer and the company, the choreography and the music, and the frenetic energy of the movements and the set. The dancers, whether engaged in bold unison phrases or catapulting each other through the air, create an intriguing environment, at once easy-going and vitally expressive. Original costumes are by Terry Winters, reimagined by ElizaBeth Cannon. The work received its world premiere at Luzernertheatre in Luzern, Switzerland in 2000, and was first performed in New York City at the World Trade Center's Evening Stars Festival in the same year.

In the 20-minute Geometry of Quiet (2002), Brown matches the poignancy and delicacy of Salvatore Sciarrino's haunting flute score with a choreography suggesting personal and emotional intimacy. The work received its world premiere in Montpellier, France and its New York premiere at the Lincoln Center Festival, both in 2002. The Joyce program will feature a live performance by flutist Sato Moughalian.

The 23-minute L'Amour au théâtre (2009) is an elegant collage of pre-classic dance forms inspired by Jean-Philippe Rameau's baroque opera, Hippolyte and Aricie. With an abstract set drawn by Trisha Brown, the work features intricate and intensely athletic partnering that mirrors the airy flight of the music, recorded by William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. When L'Amour au théâtre premiered in 2009 at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music, The Guardian praised it as "not only a piece of ravishing beauty, but a repository of profound technical knowledge. It's the bricklayer turned master builder."

Performance and Ticket Information:

Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm

Single tickets start at $10.

Call JoyceCharge (212-242-0800); visit the Box Office (Monday-Friday, 12- 6pm); or charge online at NOTE: Ticket prices are subject to change.

The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.

About Trisha Brown

"One of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, Trisha Brown's groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of art. From her roots in rural Aberdeen, Washington, her birthplace, Brown arrived in New York in 1961. A student of Anna Halprin, Brown participated in the choreographic composition workshops taught by Robert Dunn - from which Judson Dance Theater was born - greatly contributing to the fervent of interdisciplinary creativity that defined 1960s New York.

With the founding of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970, Brown set off on her own distinctive path of artistic investigation and ceaseless experimentation, which extended for forty years. The creator of over 100 choreographies, six operas, and a graphic artist, whose drawings have earned recognition in numerous museum exhibitions and collections, Brown's earliest works took impetus from the cityscape of downtown SoHo, where she was a pioneering settler. In the 1970s, as Brown strove to invent an original abstract movement language - one of her singular achievements - it was art galleries, museums and international exhibitions that provided her work its most important presentation context....A major turning point in Brown's career occurred in 1979, when she transitioned from working in non-traditional and art world settings to assume the role of a choreographer working within the institutional framework associated with dancing - the proscenium stage.

Today the Trisha Brown Dance Company continues to perpetuate Brown's legacy through its 'Trisha Brown: In Plain Site' initiative. Through it, the company draws on Brown's model for reinvigorating her choreography through its re-siting in relation to new contexts that include outdoor sites, and museum settings and collections. The company is also involved in an ongoing process of reconstructing and remounting major works that Brown created for the proscenium stage between 1979 and 2011. In addition, the company continues its work to consolidate Trisha Brown's artistic legacy through their management of her vast archives of notebooks; correspondence; critical reviews; and an unprecedented moving image catalogue raisonné, which records her meticulous creative process over many decades..." Susan Rosenberg, Consulting Historical Scholar, Trisha Brown Dance Company

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