UW Today

March 9, 2011

Trisha Brown Dance Company to perform at Meany

Trisha Brown dancers perform 'Les Yeux et lame,' the dance suite from the opera 'Pygmalion.' | Photo by Deen Van Meer

Trisha Brown dancers perform "Les Yeux et lame," the dance suite from the opera "Pygmalion." | Photo by Deen Van Meer

The Trisha Brown Dance Company will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 31-April 2, at Meany Hall.

Aberdeen, Washington native Brown has gone from being a rebel of the dance avant-garde when she founded her company in 1970, to becoming a MacArthur Foundation Grant honoree and one of contemporary dances most revered and influential choreographers.

The Company will perform works both old and new for its Meany Hall engagement, including Set and Reset, Opal Loop, Watermotor, and Les Yeux et lame, the dance suite from the opera Pygmalion, a rendition of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s one-act opera based on the mythical story of love and magic as told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Trisha Brown Dance Company has presented the work of its legendary artistic director for over 38 years. Founded in 1970 when Brown branched out from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, TBDC offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan’s SoHo. Today, the Company is regularly seen in the landmark opera houses of New York, Paris, London, and many other theaters around the world. The repertory has grown from solos and small group pieces to include major evening-length works and collaborations between Brown and renowned visual artists.

The performances are supported in part by the NEAs American Masterpieces grant, which showcases work by iconic American performing artists. Tickets are $41 ($20 for students), and may be purchased by phone at 206-543-4880, online, or in person at the UW Arts Ticket Office.