Back in 1970 Trisha Brown fomented a ‘hotbed of dance revolution’ with the formation of her eponymous company. Together, they changed the face of modern dance forever. Returning to Brighton Festival for the first time in seven years, the iconic American choreographer presents an evening of works spanning three decades of bold and infectious dance-making.
First, before the curtain even goes up, we get a taste of what’s to come with an impromptu performance of an early work, Accumulation, in the Foyer.
Then, the main programme unfolds with four landmark Trisha Brown pieces: First, If you couldn’t see me (1994), one of the choreographer’s seminal collaborations with Robert Rauschenberg, which turned dance convention on head by turning the solo dancer’s back to the audience. Then, Les Yeux et l’âme (2011), the dance adaptation of Brown’s 2010 staging of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s one-act opera Pygmalion.
Finally, two works from the choreographer’s elegant and mysterious Back to Zero cycle round off an exhilarating evening of dance invention: Foray Forêt (1990) and For MG: The Movie, her 1991 septet, which marked ‘a return to simpler forms’ as she ‘pulled back from external virtuosity to investigate unconscious movement’.