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.
When Brown retired as head of her Company last year, the 76 year old choreographer appointed longtime Company members Diane Madden and Carolyn Lucas as Associate Artistic Directors with the mandate that they develop, deepen and expand the Company’s educational initiatives; present her dances in a variety of spaces, indoors and out, proscenium and alternative; and treat the Company’s archive as a living organism to be used to better understand her work, in particular, and dance in general.
The Company is currently halfway through its three-year Proscenium Works, 1979-2011 tour, which has over 45 major national and international dates lined up through December, 2015 with performances throughout Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and within the United States to California, Michigan, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin as well as New York.
In addition to workshops, master classes, lecture demonstrations and archival exhibitions the Company’s Education and Outreach program licenses and restages work on dance students and professional companies. Recent education and restaging projects include Lyon Opera Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Candoco Dance Company (London), Belgium’s professional training program P.A.R.T.S., London Contemporary Dance School, Mills College, The Live Legacy Project (Dusseldorf) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rutgers University, Yale University, Theatre Academy Helsinki (Finland) and Centre National de Danse Contemporaine Angers (France).
TBDC has recently announced it’s relationship with Gibney Dance Center as a Founding Partner for their new space at 280 Broadway to provide a platform for more Company educational opportunities in NYC. The Company now holds our Summer Intensive, Winter Intensive, Master Class Series and Weekly Class Series at 280 Broadway.
In 2016, TBDC will offer a bold reimagining of how the public experiences the work of a great choreographer through a new vision for extending the life of a single-artist dance company with the ongoing presentation of Brown’s masterworks in a highly curated, interactive context at both site-specific and museum locations. Non-proscenium-based performances, screenings, dance education, exhibitions, and dialogues will be programmed with the goal of engaging a broader audience than the theatrical dance audience alone.
The Company will continue to fulfill archive and legacy goals through new education initiatives, restoration of original rehearsal and performance footage, and website expansion, allowing global access to Brown’s commentary, video, and source materials. The archive includes performance and rehearsal footage, sets, costumes, and scores by some of the pre-eminent artists of the era as well as Brown’s notebooks. TBDC will also channel select archival materials into an interactive online media library. To be programmed in the style of a museum exhibition, the media archive’s express purpose is to engage users in creative dialogue with the work in yet another non-theatrical space.