Trisha Brown's early performances at the Whitneyhttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/performance/trisha-brown-polymath-at-the-whitney/875/
Trisha Brown is a polymath—a choreographer, a conceptual artist, a visual artist, and at times, all of those combined. While recognized primarily as a choreographer, she is a rare artist whose work would be at home in a gallery or museum, in an opera house or small black box theater, or outside—on the street, on a pond, or on a tree or building. Her work is like oxygen; in different forms, it can exist pretty much anywhere, and nourishes the mind and soul along the way. As proof, the Whitney Museum will host Seven Works by Trisha Brown from Sept 30-Oct 2, with an emphasis on early task-oriented work. The Whitney first showed Trisha Brown in 1971 in a program called Another Fearless Dance Concert.
This week’s program features works such asWalking on the Wall and her leaning and falling duets, which plainly examine basic laws of physics so commonly taken for granted. Brown’s conceptual streak is reflected in the sound installation, Skymap, which perhaps makes the most cognitive demands on viewers. Another well-known work, Spanish Dance, created on the basic premise of accumulation, never fails to fascinate. What we won’t see much of is Brown’s loose-limbed and -jointed choreography seen in her dance concerts.
Image: Group Primary Accumulation 1, by Agatha Poupeney.
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