Trisha Brown: In Plain Site / TRISHA BROWNs Man Walking Down the Side of a Building

Austrian première
“[Trisha Brown is a] master of simplicity with a dose of humor. The idea of a line, and the endless possibilities of how it could be assembled and dissolved, was a theme in [her early] work.” (NY Times)

Trisha Brown’s exploration of choreography – among others with the Judson Dance Theatre – gave wings to innovation in postmodern dance. She narrated movements in a more subtle, more relaxed way, with spatial clarity, and facilitated new perceptions between body, time and space. Like her contemporaries, Brown in particular explored everyday movements, which were reconfigured in new contexts: someone steps across the ridge of a building’s roof, their foot over the abyss, then in apparent everyday normality, against gravity, to walk down the facade of building. The radical shift in the body-gravity relationship draws attention to the mechanics of walking: 

 “The paradox of one action working against another is very interesting to me, and is illustrated by ‘Man Walking Down the Side of a Building’, where you have gravity working one way on the body and my intention to have a naturally walking person working in another way.” (Trisha Brown)

With their gaze facing upwards, the audience is challenged by the contradictions that ensnare one in magical speculation like the rabbit out of the hat. The movements flow through the bodies like water – also in the other Early Works from the In Plain Site repertoire, which the Trisha Brown Dance Company shows and with which it travels the world within the meaning of their founder to infuse public space with art. They remain true to Brown’s experimental concepts, choose the performances with regard to the interaction with a venue in the open air – far from the limitation of a fixed stage. So too for 24 September, when the Tanzquartier Wien season opens with a fine selection from Trisha Brown’s Early Works and the audience will be seduced into a parcours through the architecture of MuseumsQuartier Wien.

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DANCERS: Olsi Gjeci, Leah Ives, Tara Lorenzen, Leah Morisson, Jamie Scott, Sam Wentz, Amanda Kmett’ Pendry
PERFORMED BY: Suzanne Gallo
RIGGING: Derrick Lindsay
Trisha Brown (Founding Artistic Director and Choreographer) was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington, graduated from Mills College in Oakland, California, and studied with Anna Halprin before moving to New York City in 1961.  Brown, along with like-minded artists, pushed the limits of choreography and changed modern dance forever.  In 1970, Brown formed her company and explored the terrain of her adoptive SoHo.  She engaged collaborators who are themselves leaders in music, theater, and the visual arts, including visual artists Robert Rauschenberg, Donald Judd, and Elizabeth Murray, and musicians Laurie Anderson, John Cage, and Alvin Curran, to name a few.  With these partners, Brown has created an exceptionally varied body of over 100 dance works.
Brown is also an accomplished visual artist; her drawings have been seen in exhibitions, galleries and museums throughout the world, she is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in NYC.
Trisha Brown is the first woman choreographer to receive the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Award.”  She has been awarded many other honors including five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NY ‘Bessie’ Lifetime Achievement Award, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and the Dance/USA Honors Award. She has been named a Veuve Clicquot Grande Dame, Commandeur dans  l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the government of France.
The TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY is guest-starring at the Tanzquartier Wien as part of a co-production residency – with grants from the Federal Chancellery.
Founded by choreographer and artistic director Amelia Rudolph, the vertical dance company BANDALOOP’s indoor/outdoor work has been presented in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical sites, in atriums and convention halls, in nature on cliffs, and on screen. BANDALOOP honors nature, community and the human spirit by bringing dance to new audiences, activating public and natural spaces, and re-imagining what dance can be. 
Oakland based vertical dance company BANDALOOP has been designated as the exclusive worldwide performer of Trisha Brown's Man Walking Down the Side of a Building
The Vertical Dance Company BANDALOOP is guest-starring at the Tanzquartier Wien as part of a co-production residency– with grants from the Federal Chancellery.