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March 22, 2011
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Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 8 p.m.


FAIRFAX, Va., March 21, 2011 – This astonishing nine-member company has challenged the boundaries of contemporary dance since its legendary artistic director, Trisha Brown, founded it four decades ago. Hailed as “the innovative high priestess of postmodern dance” by The New York Times, this dance pioneer celebrates 40 years of presenting abstract dance that is inventive, intellectual and always cutting edge. The Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m., bringing an intimate evening of extraordinary dance. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The program for this exciting performance includes the D.C. premiere of one of Brown’s newest works, 2011’s “Les Yeux et l’âme,” performed to music from the opera “Pygmalion” by Rameau. The evening also includes 1990’s “Foray Forêt,” 1978’s “Watermotor” and 1980’s “Opal Loop/Cloud Installation #72503.”

“Works by Brown don’t just challenge our perceptions; they expand our minds and untether our spirits.” (Village Voice) Trisha Brown first gained public attention as a founding member of the experimental Judson Dance Theater in New York City in the 1960s. In 1970, she formed her own company and debuted her groundbreaking “Man Walking Down the Side of a Building,” one of many works that Brown staged in alternative performance spaces in her SoHo neighborhood, investigating the relationship between dance movement and gravity. “Glacial Decoy,” her first of many collaborations with visual artist Robert Rauschenberg, premiered in 1979, followed by 1983’s “Set and Reset,” which also featured original music by performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson. Brown was the first female choreographer to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and is also the recipient of two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, a New York State Governor’s Arts Award, a National Medal of Art and a Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award. She also has been named a Veuve Cliquot Grand Dame and a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres  (and later, a Officier and Commandeur) by the French government, and is an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In addition to choreography, Brown is an accomplished visual artist whose drawings have been widely shown in group and solo exhibitions. She recently had a solo show, “Trisha Brown: So That The Audience Does Not Know Whether I Have Stopped Dancing” at the Musée d’Art Contemporaine de Lyon in conjunction with a week of TBDC performances.

In the last 40 years, the TBDC has gone from performing inventive works in Manhattan neighborhoods to circling the globe, dancing on the stages of landmark opera houses, on rooftops and walls, in galleries and museums, and floating on water. The company’s repertory, which features more than 30 works from 1963 to the present, includes solos and small group pieces by Brown, as well as products of her numerous collaborations, and features everything from 10-second pieces to major evening-length works. The company co-produced Brown’s opera, Monteverdi’s “Orfeo” in 1998, in partnership with Belgium’s national opera house, La Monnaie. TBDC has also been involved in Brown’s productions of “Luci Mie Traditrici” and “Da Gelo a Gelo,” both with scores composed by Salvatore Sciarrino, and “Winterreise,” set to Franz Schubert’s song cycle. Based in New York City, TBDC also maintains an education program that provides training through classes and workshops in post-modern dance to aspiring dancers. The education program also fosters the preservation of works from TBDC’s repertory through restaging projects with the Lyon Opera Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet, and universities around the globe.


This tour engagement of Trisha Brown Dance Company is funded through the American Masterpieces program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Tickets for TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY are $22, $36, $44. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.