O zlozony / O composite – Past Event

Performances by Pennsylvania Ballet

Part of Pennsylvania Ballet’s Balanchine and Beyond program

Merriam Theater
250 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Wheelchair accessible

Thursday June 9 || 7:30pm TICKETS
Friday June 10 || 7:30pm TICKETS
Saturday June 11 || 2pm TICKETS
Saturday June 11 || 8pm TICKETS
Sunday June 12 || 2pm TICKETS

“I wanted the work to be abstract. But a bird flies past every once in a while.” Trisha Brown

“Strong emotional resonances and a sense of mystery arise from the dancers’ delicate actions . . . provokes thunderous, ecstatic applause.” Dance Magazine

Brown’s own black and white ballet.

O zlozony / O composite (2004) combines the richness of Brown’s most complex movement and partnering with the refined action of classical dance. The ballet was inspired by the poetry of Polish writer Czeslaw Milosz and Edna St. Vincent Millay, which is incorporated into Laurie Anderson’s score. Brown infused her abstract dances with subtle but recognizable imagery and emotional expression in the latter part of her career. Here the dance unfolds in an atmosphere of hushed mystery created through the music and a spectacular backdrop by painter Vija Celmins.

Originally created on stars of the Paris Opera Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet’s presentation of O zlozony / O composite marks first time an American ballet company has ever performed a dance by Trisha Brown. Pennsylvania Ballet’s final performance series of their 2015-2016 season, Balanchine and Beyond, also includes Hammerklavier (Hans Van Manen) and The Four Temperaments (George Balanchine).

Choreography Trisha Brown Sound Laurie Anderson Visual Design Vija Celmins Costumes Elizabeth Cannon

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Floor of the Forest – Past event

Trisha Brown, Floor of the Forest, Hayward Gallery, Dance Umbrella 2010

Performances by Trisha Brown Dance Company

Bryn Mawr College
Goodhart Hall, Glass Lobby
150 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Saturday October 24 || 5:30pm*
Sunday October 25 || 1pm & 2:30pm**

Floor of the Forest is one of Trisha Brown’s most playful equipment pieces. Suspended in air, dancers slip in and out of clothing on a loom-like installation of clothesline.

*After the performance on October 24 stay for the free gallery talk on Trisha Brown: (Re)Framing Collaborationan exhibition of Trisha Brown and her collaborators’ art at 6:15pm and the 8pm performance of Proscenium Works, 1979–2011 (ticketed).

**On October 25, there is also a 1:30pm free film screening that includes James Byrne’s view of Set and Reset from within the dance, footage of the original Man Walking Down the Side of a Building, and other iconic works.

Photo: John Mallison

Proscenium Works, 1979–2011 – Past Event

Performances by Trisha Brown Dance Company

Bryn Mawr College, McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall
150 North Merion Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Wheelchair accessible

Friday October 23, 2015 || 8pm
Saturday October 24, 2015 || 8pm*

$20, discounts apply for seniors and students | Free with All-Access Pass
Tickets: brynmawr.edu/arts or 610.526.5210

“I set two different phrases in opposing directions, aiming them like two arrows at each other. All that exquisite maneuvering that happens instinctively so as not to get hit or hurt was part of what I loved.” Trisha Brown

Set and Reset is unmistakably Miss Brown at her most tantalizing. Her virtuosic dancers exhibit a quality of movement that is distinctly hers—dartingly quick but so fluid that the body seems a conduit for flowing energy.” Anna Kisselgoff, The New York Times


Set and Reset (1983)
The seductively fluid movement alongside the sharply defined configurations in this Trisha Brown masterpiece became a hallmark of her work. With the constant charge of Laurie Anderson’s score, Set and Reset is nonstop movement, full of quick explosions. At the edges of the stage dancers are half in/half out, held at acute about-to-fall angles, their movements cut short to catch fellow dancers hurtling through space. Choreography Trisha Brown Sound Laurie Anderson Visual Design and Costumes Robert Rauschenberg Light Robert Rauschenberg with Beverly Emmons

If you couldn’t see me (1994)
A dance where the performer never faces the audience, a journey between presence and absence, the visible and the hidden. If you couldn’t see me is the final solo that Brown created for herself, and a collaboration with Robert Rauschenberg. The soloist is witnessed from behind; she never turns to face the audience. She relies on her body’s suppleness for personal expression. Now this “absence” of the dancer’s face is emblematic of Brown’s present retirement. Choreography Trisha Brown Sound, Visual Design and Costume Robert Rauschenberg Light Robert Rauschenberg with Spencer Brown

Like a summation of Brown’s artistry, PRESENT TENSE is rich with “Brownian motion,” sinuous and supple, along with adventurous partnering and devilish physical complexity. With raucous, cantilevered partnering, dancers ride and tumble, as if suspended, across space. Dancers multiply—one becomes two becomes four—and the changing groupings execute moves that skew the relationship of the top and lower halves of their bodies. Choreography Trisha Brown Sound John Cage Visual Design and Costumes Elizabeth Murray Lighting Jennifer Tipton

*Come early October 24 for a free 5:30pm performance of Floor of the Forest, and a free gallery talk on Trisha Brown: (Re)Framing collaboration, an exhibition of Trisha Brown and her collaborators’ art at 6:15pm. Refreshments served.

Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Early Works

Performances by Trisha Brown Dance Company

Barnes Foundation, Annenberg Court
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.
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Wheelchair accessible

October 18, 2015 || 11am & 2pm

“I decided that I should make the structure as visible as the dancing.” Trisha Brown

“[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.” Wendy Perron, The New York Times

Trisha Brown’s pioneering Early Works, created between 1968 and 1975, blur the boundaries between performance and visual art. Brown challenged gravity, time, and our usual sense of orientation: she made use of “equipment,” such as ropes and harnesses, and explored motion and counterbalance, having her dancers lean far off center while remaining standing, moving with the help of other bodies. These structures resulted in aesthetically delightful and humorously sly performances. The seminal Early Works are some of Brown’s most radical departures from conventional performance: stripped-down, striking visual events for outdoor and gallery spaces.

The many short works to be performed include Leaning Duets, Sticks, Spanish Dance, Group Primary Accumulation, and Figure 8. From the playful to the complex and mysterious, these dances flow into different sections of the space; audiences traverse the space from one location to the next along with the dancers.

Photo: John Mallison