Trisha Brown Dance Company
Two short Ellen Jacobs Associates stories:
1. Trisha Brown’s career has been as fluid as her movement. We worked closely with her as she evolved from a hard-core experimentalist who rarely used music, scoffed at conventional ballet, walked down the sides of buildings, and challenged perception, which included dances taking place on a string across SoHo roof-tops, into a choreographer of dances set to Bach, Monteverdi, Rameau, and Schubert. She is always game for a story idea and interview. For example, moments before a photo shoot for Ballet News was about to begin, she called me over: “Looky at what I did! The pictures will be in color, right?” She wiggled her toes, which were freshly painted a bright fire-engine red. Her smile is infectious.
2. Her mischievous wit inspired idea after idea, including a series in The New York Times Metro Section featuring photos of a local band marching up and down the block, then outside the stage door of City Center, before entering the theater where her Foret-Foret was premiering. Brown wanted the sound of the music to grow closer and louder as the dance on stage proceeded. It worked like a slow shock.
Years: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
Art form: Dance