"Set and Reset" 1985, choreographed by Trisha Brown, performed by Brown and members of her company. Elizabeth Zimmer writes of Brown, "The body in motion
is her study." Brown herself told Yvonne Rainer that, "My work is about change-of
direction, shape, velocity, mood, state."

Trisha Brown (1936- ) choreographs dances that defy gravity and satisfy intellect, while pleasing the eye. A founding member of Judson Dance Theater and Grand Union, Brown first explored the idea of levitating in Trillium (1962). To create an endlessly inventive repertory she has worked with improvisation, logical structures, verbal scripts, task and problem-solving strategies, unusual spaces, postmodern aesthetics, and opera scores. The Trisha Brown Company was established in 1970. Her experiments with equipment led to Roof Piece (1971), performed on Manhattan rooftops in a twelve-block setting. In the same year she made Accumulation, a rooted solo and monologue. By 1978 the piece became Accumulation with Talking plus Water Motor, which splices two dances with stories told simultaneously. A similar transformation rendered If You Couldn't See Me, a solo performed facing upstage, into the duet for Brown and Mikhail Baryshnikov, You Can See Us (1996). Her many collaborations include Glacial Decoy (1979) with Robert Rauschenberg, Opal Loop (1980) with Fujiko Nakaya's fog sculpture Cloud Installation #72513, and commissioned scores from such composers as Laurie Anderson, Peter Zummo, and Richard Landry. Among a long list of international accolades are the Dance Magazine Award (1987), Lawrence Olivier Award (1987), and Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1988). Brown was named by President Clinton to the National Council on the Arts in 1994. www.trishabrowncompany.org

Learn more in Trisha Brown, an essay by Elizabeth Zimmer.