Trisha Brown

  • Fri 06.10.06 20 h
  • Sat 07.10.06 20 h
  • Sun 08.10.06 20 h


Present Tense combines Trisha Brown’s abstract aesthetic with her newfound interest in emotional narrative. This aerial choreography results in raucous, cantilevering partnering where dancers seem to ride and tumble suspended across the space. The earth-bound phrase-work is distinctly Trisha Brown, but unexpected in its logic, employing motifs that hint at a poetic emotional narrative.

Commissioned for the 2003 Cannes International Dance Festival. The project was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Charles Engelhard Foundation and made possible by the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the Ford Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Altria Group, Inc.

Choreography: Trisha Brown

Music: John Cage, Sonatas & Interludes for Prepared Piano 1946-48, Sonata 3, Sonata 7, Second Interlude, Sonata 11, Sonata 12, Sonata 13. By arrangement with Peters Edition Limited, London Courtesy of Mode Records and Philipp Vandré

Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

Set and Costumes: Elizabeth Murray


In Geometry of Quiet, Trisha Brown’s second work to the music of Salvatore Sciarrino, she matched the poignancy and delicacy of the music with choreography that implies a personal, emotional intimacy. The organic sounds of the flute seem to emanate from the sail-like banners that form the first theatrical set designed by the choreographer herself.

Commissioned by White Bird/Portland, Oregon and Montpellier Danse Festival. Funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Philip Morris Companies Inc.

Choreography: Trisha Brown

Music: Salvatore Sciarrino

Set design: Trisha Brown

Costume design: Christophe de Menil

Lighting Design: Jennifer Tipton

Flute: Mario Caroli


Groove and Countermove, the final piece in the jazz trilogy, reveals an intricate world of counterpoint between one dancer and the Company, the dance itself and Dave Douglas’ music, and the frenetic energy of the movement and the Terry Winters set. Whether engaged in bold unison phrases or catapulting each other through the air, the dancers create an intriguing environment at once easygoing and vitally expressive.

Commissioned by the American Dance Festival and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through the Doris Duke Millennium Awards for Modern Dance & Jazz Music Collaborations with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Original score co-commissioned by Skidmore College’s Office of the Dean of Special Programs. Co-produced by Luzernertanz - choreographic centre at the luzernertheater, and Octobre en Normandie Festival. Additional production support received from NYSCA Technology Initiative.

Choreography: Trisha Brown

Music: Dave Douglas

Set and Costume design: Terry Winters

Lighting design: Jennifer Tipton

A guest performance, presented by PACT Zollverein/Tanzlandschaft Ruhr for the RuhrTriennale.

The performances at PACT Zollverein are supported by the Minister President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

Photos:Vincent Pereira & Marc Ginot

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