Period & Style
Curator: Julieta González
Trisha Brown is one of the most original and innovative figures of contemporary dance, whose groundbreaking work redefined choreographic practice in the 1960s and 1970s in close relation to the artistic avant-gardes of the period. Born in 1936, Brown graduated from Mills College in 1958, she trained, during summer workshops, with Anna Halprin, Merce Cunningham, Louis Horst and José Limón. In 1961 she moved to New York, where she contributed to the establishment of the Judson Dance Theater in 1962. Along with her peers and frequent collaborators Yvonne Rainer, Simone Forti, and Steve Paxton, she is considered one of the foremost representatives of post-modern dance.
Floor of the Forest (1970) is a dance/performance art piece staged for the first time by Trisha Brown 1970. The piece consists of a steel structure holding up a grid made of rope and clothes. Two dancers move through the grid, dressing and undressing their way through the structure. At certain moments they pause and let gravity pull their bodies down towards the ground. The public moves around the structure. Outside of scheduled performance times, the piece functions as a sculpture.