Tickets will be valid for one of the following performances:
Astra Converted - Sunset Canyon Amphitheatre, Thur. April 4, 2013 - 8:00pm
Originally performed in 1991 at the National Gallery in Washington DC, Astral Converted exemplifies Trisha Brown’s longstanding creative collaboration with iconic American visual artist Robert Rauschenberg and an embrace of experimentation with new technology. Sculptural towers designed by Rauschenberg house dynamic lighting and a John Cage score entitled Eight within a mobile set built largely from automotive supplies. Motion sensors detect the presence of dancers in the self-contained performance space that respond to the movement so that the dancers are in full control of the production cues. The design itself is the staging ground for Brown’s abstract choreography.
Program A - Royce Hall, Fri. April 5, 2013 - 8:00pm
Trisha Brown’s choreography for the stage is prolific. In collaboration with her acclaimed company, we have brought together two distinct evening programs that revisit her exceptional arc.
Program A features the following four iconic works:
- Set and Reset Brown's most celebrated choreography, "Set and Reset" is performed to a driving score by Laurie Anderson. Brown’s exploration of visibility and invisibility is reflected in the translucent costumes and set by Robert Rauschenberg and the seductively fluid quality of the movement, juxtaposed with the unpredictable geometric style that is a hallmark of Brown’s work. This year marks the 30th anniversary of its creation.
- Watermotor This solo leaves behind the starkness of Brown’s postmodern “task” dances and presages the rich movement phrases used in the pieces that follow it. Performed by Brown in 1978 and again in 2000. “It is unpredictable, personal, articulate, dense, changeful, wild assed. My model was improvisation… difficult to memorize. Don’t look directly at what you are doing. Totally physical.”-- Trisha Brown
- Foray Forêt One of the most-requested works from the Trisha Brown Dance Company, which highlights another collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg, featuring gold costumes and an open stage. Movement is accompanied by a marching band engaged locally at each performance venue, playing John Philip Sousa music outside the walls of the theater.
- I’m going to toss my arms- if you catch them they’re yours Brown’s most-recent and final work for the company features music from composer Alvin Curran and a striking set design from Burt Barr.
Program B - Royce Hall, Sun. April 7, 2013 - 2:00pm
In the 1990s, Trisha Brown had amassed a reputation for avant-garde collaborations with cutting edge designers and composers, when she shifted into yet another sphere—choreographing for famed opera companies of Europe.
- Les Yeux et l’ame An adaptation of Trisha Brown’s “Pygmalion,” a rendition of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s one-act opera based on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” which premiered in 2010 at Theater Carré, Amsterdam. French for “the eyes and the soul,” the title is a variation of what the statue says to Pygmalion when she comes to life.
- Rogues This recent work was inspired by Brown’s exploration of sculpture, calligraphy and knots, all three-dimensional images that can be experimented with on the body. While this basic structure of what the work may be about is given, what is presented may be a complete turnaround.
- Spanish Dance A dancer slowly raises arms like a magnificent Spanish dancer and travels forward in time to the sound of Bob Dylan’s “In the Early Morning Rain” When dancer A touches up against the back of dancer B, dancer B slowly raises her arms like a magnificent Spanish dancer and the two travel forward, touching up against the back of dancer C, and so on until they all reach the wall.
- Newark Widely considered one of Brown's most seminal works, "Newark" features her collaboration with painter/installation artist Donald Judd and post-minimalist composer Peter Zummo who created a uniquely spartan soundscape for Brown's precise movement that draws sharp lines based on the vertical, horizontal, circular, and diagonal division of a square.
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In association with Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.