Trisha Brown is considered the most widely acclaimed choreographer to emerge from the postmodern era. The first woman choreographer to receive the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (“genius” award), her extraordinary career has challenged and changed the definition of dance.
Proscenium Works 1979–2011 offers a retrospective of the Trisha Brown Dance Company through significant examples of Brown’s choreography for the proscenium stage: I’m going to toss my arms—if you catch them they’re yours (2011), the final work of her career; with Set and Reset (1983), and If you couldn’t see me (1994), both featuring designs by Robert Rauschenberg and respectively set to music by Laurie Anderson and Rauschenberg.
Set and Reset offers the combination of seductively fluid movement with geometric style that is the hallmark of Brown’s work. Set to a driving score—Laurie Anderson’s “Long Time, No See”—Brown’s relaxed, playful choreography is offset by Robert Rauschenberg’s translucent costumes and black-and-white-themed set design. The Cleveland Plain Dealer called the results “mesmerizing to behold,” and the New York Times observed: “Set and Reset is unmistakably Miss Brown at her most tantalizing. Her virtuosic dancers exhibit a quality of movement that is distinctly hers—dartingly quick but so fluid that the body seems a conduit for flowing energy.”
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