Saturday, October 2, 2010

Avant-Garde Dance: Off the Wall with Trisha Brown

Okay, it's eye-catching, sort of like watching window washers or house painters. Maybe more like a really good gymnast. All that gravity defiance requires muscles and courage.

But this is post-modern choreography and DANCE and, even more importantly, an art-dance project by one of the very best, Trisha Brown (Off the Wall: Part 2 - Seven Works by Trisha Brown
). She was born in 1936, Aberdeen, WA) and was one of the originators of the Judson Dance Theater, examining radical ideas about making and watching art during the 1970s and well beyond. All along, she has been concerned with fluid velocity, gravity, crossing genres, all borrowing from the world of the mundane

Since then there have been many such performances: "Accumulation," "Leaning Duets," "Falling Duet 1", and so forth. In the 1980s, she helped design a stage production in collaboration with painter Robert Rauschenberg.

I find no faults and deficiencies except that those figures might have been in a more precise, more specific and more interesting context.

Like a restaurant.

Imagine the figure above with a towel over one arm (gravity problem?) heading for his upscale patrons' table, only a few yards away. Well, at least the table could be fastened to the vertical surface. And forget the soup, salad and mashed potatoes.

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