16 Facts About Trisha Brown


Trisha Brown was an American choreographer and dancer, and one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater and the postmodern dance movement.


In 1960 Trisha Brown participated in an experimental workshop devoted to improvisation at the studio of Anna Halprin, in Kentfield, California.


Subsequently, at the urging of fellow choreographers, Simone Forti and Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown moved to New York to study composition with Robert Dunn, who taught a class at Merce Cunningham's studio, based on John Cage's theories of chance.


Trisha Brown joined a composition class led by Robert Dunn, a musician from the Merce Cunningham dance studio who was interested in applying the musical ideas of John Cage to dance.


In 1974, Trisha Brown began a residential relationship with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN, that has continued to this day.


Also in a mirror duet drawn from a solo, If You Couldn't See Me, Trisha Brown performed entirely with her back to the audience for ten minutes with an electronic "sound score" on a bare stage.


Trisha Brown found inspiration in jazz for El Trilogy, completed her second opera, Luci mie traditrici in 2001, and in 2002 choreographed the song cycle Die Winterreise by Austrian composer Franz Schubert for Simon Keenlyside.

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That same year, "Trisha Brown" was mounted at the Serralves Foundation, Porto.


In 1983, Trisha Brown received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Oberlin College.


Trisha Brown received a MacArthur Foundation grant in 1991, and served on the National Council on the Arts from 1994 to 1997.


Trisha Brown is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Trisha Brown's Set and Reset is included in the baccalaureate curriculum for French students pursuing dance studies.


In 2011, Trisha Brown won the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, an award worth about $300,000 that was named after the silent film actresses, and the Bessie Award for lifetime achievement.


In 2012 Trisha Brown was the recipient of a United States Artists Fellow award.


Trisha Brown received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Robert Rauschenberg Award in 2013.


Trisha Brown died on March 18,2017, in San Antonio, Texas, after a lengthy illness.