The behind-the-scenes film released earlier this year about iconic choreographer Tricia Brown made its West Coast premiere at the Dance Media Film Festival, just one month after her death at age 80.

The film by Marie-Hélène Rebois explores Brown's rehearsal process with the Paris Opéra Ballet, as she prepares the company for its first performance of her 1979 work Glacial Decoy.

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Trisha Brown

By Susan Rosenberg

Wesleyan University Press; 407 pages; $31.00

Undeniably one of the most important artists of our time, Trisha Brown's artistic principles, spirit and prolific body of work are captured within the pages of this book. Art historian Susan Rosenberg draws from Brown's archives, including interviews with colleagues to track the evolution of her career and how Brown reshaped modern dance with groundbreaking artistry, choreography and visual art.

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Brown in her Pamplona Stones (1974). Photo by Johan Elbers, courtesy of Dance Magazine archives

On March 18, the dance community bid farewell to Trisha Brown. After a lengthy illness, the revolutionary postmodern choreographer passed away at age 80. The outpouring of love on social media was abundant. Here are some of our favorite Trisha Brown tweets.

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Photo by Johan Elbers, courtesy of Dance Magazine archives

As a member of the ground-breaking dance collective Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s, Trisha Brown carved out a reputation as a highly innovative choreographer. Over six decades, she created a diverse body of works, using a process-oriented approach and rule-based structures.

Brown's choreography stands out for its quick bursts of energy, collapses of weight, use of pedestrian movement and loose, yet controlled motion of the limbs. This is exemplified in her highly acclaimed work, Set and Reset (1983).

For this exhilarating piece, Brown collaborated with Robert Rauschenberg to construct translucent costumes and wing panels. Though the movement was set, she sought to harness the spirit of improvisation, with unexpected group partnering and dancers nearly crashing into each other, all to Laurie Anderson's driving score.

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Neal Beasley's first dance class happened when his grammar school mandated that he enroll in an arts class. There he met Blake Coheley, who approached him afterward and encouraged him to continue training, immediately recognizing his talent and passion for dance. That first meeting has long stayed with Beasley, now a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company.

"I think it's those kinds of encounters with teachers that become the backbone of your confidence as a dancer. There have been so many moments throughout my career when I've just wanted to throw my hands up in the air. But in those moments, I've been able to call upon that store of memory and say, 'Oh, right. I love this, and someone helped me see that.'" 

The Trisha Brown Dance Company will perform at New York Live Arts in NYC, April 8-12, at 7:30 pm, and April 13 at 3 pm.


Photo by Julieta Cervantes, courtesy of TBDC

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