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Press Releases Walker Art Center and Northrop at the University of Minnesota Present Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Proscenium Works 1979-2011

“She took the everyday movement of our pedestrian lives and gave it back to us new.” —New York Times

Minneapolis, February 4, 2014— While Trisha Brown’s uncontested legacy as a choreographic maverick and the grande dame of postmodern dance will live on for future generations, her company will soon be disbanding and its 40-year relationship with the Walker will no longer include staged works. Don’t miss the chance to catch highlights from Brown’s catalogue of iconic works made for the stage on the company’s must-see final tour, Wednesday-Saturday, March 12–15, 8 pm in the Walker Art Center’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater.

The retrospective includes I’m going to toss my arms—if you catch them they’re yours (2011; live music by Alvin Curran), the final work of Brown’s career; the beloved Set and Reset (1983; music by Laurie Anderson), with relaxed, playful choreography accented by black-and-white design and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg; If you couldn’t see me (1994; music and visual presentation by Rauschenberg), a seductively beautiful female solo never before performed in the Twin Cities; and Astral Convertible (1989; music by John Cage), featuring an interactive sound and light set by Rauschenberg. Copresented with Northrop Presents.

Trisha Brown Dance Company
Proscenium Works 1979-2011

Set and Reset (1983)
Choreography by Trisha Brown
Music by Laurie Anderson

Astral Convertible (1989)
Choreography by Trisha Brown
Music by John Cage

If you couldn’t see me (1994)
Choreography by Trisha Brown
Music by Robert Rauschenberg

I’m going to toss my arms— if you catch them they’re yours (2011)
Choreography by Trisha Brown
Live music by Alvin Curran, SAIE

About Trisha Brown Dance Company
Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for over 40 years. Founded in 1970 when Trisha Brown branched out from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, TBDC offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan’s SoHo. Today, the Company is regularly seen in the landmark opera houses of New York, Paris, London, and many other theaters around the world. The repertory has grown from solos and small group pieces to include major evening-length works and collaborations between Ms. Brown and renowned visual artists.

From 2013 through 2015, Trisha Brown Dance Company journeys on a three-year Proscenium Works, 1979-2011 tour showcasing Brown’s major stage works, complete with the significant components created by her collaborators including artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, Robert Ashley and Laurie Anderson. The tour includes stops in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland and within the United States to California, Rhode Island, Virginia and North Carolina as well as New York City. As part of the tour, the Company is offering Trisha Brown: The Retrospective Project, which engages numerous platforms to explore Brown’s past and current work. Initiated by the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the project includes site-specific works, proscenium choreographies, the innovative use of archival materials, and dancer-to-dancer education programs. Collaborating with museums, local performers and university entities, The Retrospective Project exemplifies the potential for the dynamic interplay of Brown’s seminal works and methodology within public and museum settings.

The Company can also introduce Brown’s work to local audiences in varying degrees of tailored packages that can include master classes, lectures, and informal demonstrations that enhance the Company performances, and outreach programs that help performing arts centers form links with community groups. Classes for elementary and secondary school students as well as advanced and professional artists offer a hands-on experience of Brown’s process. Recent technique, repertory, improvisation, and restaging projects include Lyon Opera Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Candoco Dance Company (London), and universities including Belgium’s professional training program P.A.R.T.S., London Contemporary Dance School, Mills College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, New York University, Princeton University, Lyon and Paris National Dance and Music Conservatories (France) and Latvian Culture Academy and Totaldobze Art Center (Latvia).

Tickets to Trisha Brown Dance Company Proscenium Works 1979-2011 are: $45 ($40 Walker members); and are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600. Note: This show is not included in the discounted Performing Arts Season Package.

Dig Deeper!

The Balcony Bar is open one hour prior to and after performances.

Post-show Receptions, Wednesday and Thursday, March 12 and 13
Meet the artists, talk about the show, and enjoy drinks in the Balcony Bar, located on the upper balcony of the elegant William and Nadine McGuire Theater.

Post-show Discussion: The Legacy of Trisha Brown, Friday, March 14
Stay after the show for a conversation around the legacy of Trisha Brown, with Diane Madden, TBDC Associate Artistic Director; TBDC dancers; and Philip Bither, Senior Curator of Performing Arts.

Post-show SpeakEasy, Saturday, March 15
It’s like a book club for the performing arts—your questions, your answers, risk-free. After the show, head to the Balcony Bar to jump into a discussion or just listen in as others hash it out. Led by Walker tour guide Mary Dew and a local choreographer. SpeakEasy takes place on Saturdays after every dance and Out There performance.

Trisha Brown Dance Company Master Class
Saturday, March 15, 11am – 1pm
McGuire Theater $12 ($10)
This class will provide an introduction to exploring the detail and rigor of Trisha Brown Dance Company’s movement style. The class will begin with a short warm-up and move into dancing a phrase from the repertory. Emphasis is placed on learning movement as the Company does, with attention to detail, spatial clarity, performance quality, and dancing with others. Professional/advanced level dancer/choreographers preferred. Limited to 25.

Walker Art Center Performing Arts

The Walker Art Center’s performing arts programs are made possible by generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Doris Duke Performing Arts Fund, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support for Proscenium Works 1979-2011 provided by Producers’ Council members Sage Cowles and Leni and David Moore, Jr.

The Walker Art Center’s Dance Season is sponsored by Pine River Capital Management LP.

Producers’ Council
Performing Arts programs and commissions at the Walker are generously supported by members of the Producers’ Council: Russell Cowles; Sage Cowles; Nor Hall and Roger Hale; King’s Fountain/Barbara Watson Pillsbury and Henry Pillsbury; Emily Maltz; Dr. William W. and Nadine M. McGuire; Leni and David Moore, Jr.; Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney; and Frances and Frank Wilkinson.

Northrop Presents at the University of Minnesota
As the University of Minnesota’s performing arts presenter, Northrop is dedicated to advancing the University’s mission of education, research, and engagement through the pursuit of excellence and innovation in the performing arts, community engagement, and creative exchange. For 95 years, Northrop has presented world-class artists in ways that engage diverse audiences and support exceptional teaching within the University and throughout the community.

Astral Convertible

Photo by Samantha Siegel

Set and Reset

Photo by Ikegani Naoya/Saitama Arts Foundation

I’m going to toss my arm- if you catch them they’re yours

Photo by Laurent Philippe

If you couldn’t see me

Photo by Julieta Cervantes