News: Trisha Brown: 1936-2017

Monday 20 March 2017

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Trisha Brown has died aged 80. Born in 1936, the pioneering American choreographer and dancer had been treated for vascular dementia since 2011. A contemporary of fellow choreographers, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer, Brown moved to New York in 1961 to study composition with Robert Dunn, who taught a class at Merce Cunningham’s studio. Brown went on to train with dancer Anna Halprin and became a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, a pioneering hub for post modern dance which ran from 1962-64. In 1970 she cofounded the Grand Union, an experimental dance collective, and formed the Trisha Brown Dance Company. As well as her early – now legendary – works such as Walking on the Wall, Roof Piece and Accumulation, she would collaborate with Robert Rauschenberg and Laurie Anderson, Nancy Graves and Donald Judd over the course of her career. The last work she made in 2011, I’m going to toss my arms – if you catch them they’re yours, featured designs by her husband, the late Burt Barr, and music by Alvin Curran.

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