News: Celebrating Trisha Brown

Monday 26 April 2010

This year’s Dance Umbrella – the annual festival of contemporary dance – will focus on New York based dance artist Trisha Brown, whose company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

In the early 1960s Trisha Brown was one of the leading components of the Judson Dance Theater, the avante garde, experimental group of dance artists who changed the face of contemporary dance practice. She formed her own company in 1970 and her work has been characterized by collaborations with visual artists, site specific work and productions which transform the traditional stage. Dance Umbrella first presented Trisha Brown and her company in London in 1983 and this will be the company’s seventh visit to the UK as part of the festival.

*Celebrating Trisha Brown* will include a repertory season at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (15 to 18 Oct) including new and vintage works, free to view Early Works at Tate Modern and an early work in the Clore Ballroom at the Royal Festival Hall, as well as films and talks.

The Merce Cunningham Company – another Dance Umbrella favourite – return to the Barbican with Cunningham’s final creation before he died last year at the age of 90. _*Nearly Ninety* _runs from 26 to 30 October. Candoco Dance Company appear in Dance Umbrella for the first time with a triple bill of new work by Wendy Houstoun, Emanuel Gat and Sarah Michelson at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. (This will be the culmination of a UK tour which started with previews at The Point, Eastleigh this month.)

The full programme for this years Dance Umbrella will be announced in June, but other artists and companies confirmed so far include: Faustin Linyekula (Democratic Republic of Congo), Cristina Caprioli (Sweden), Nacera Belaza (Algeria), Rui Horta (Portugal), Stephen Petronio Company (US), Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargeon (UK).

Dance Umbrella 2010 is supported by Arts Council England and runs from Tues 5 Oct until Sat 30 Oct at venues across London including – Southbank Centre, Barbican, The Place, the Linbury Studio at the Royal Opera House, Lilian Baylis Studio, Riverside Studios, Greenwich Dance Agency, Laban and Tate Modern. ***“www.danceumbrella.co.uk”:*

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