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Six American Dance Pioneers: A Look Back, A Leap Forward: Trisha Brown

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Six American Dance Pioneers: A Look Back, A Leap Forward: Trisha Brown
Additional title: Trisha Brown
Additional title: Painted Bride, M. Kuetemeyer
Additional title: Trilogy (Choreographic work : Brown)
Kraus, Lisa (Dancer)
Kraus, Lisa (Speaker)
Brown, Trisha, 1936-2017 (Speaker)
Brown, Trisha, 1936-2017 (Choreographer)
Hess, Susan (Director)
Painted Bride Art Center (Presenter)

Susan Hess Modern Dance Lecture Series Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2001-05-01
Table of Contents
Reel 1. Introduction (12 min.) / danced and spoken by Lisa Kraus -- Trisha Brown with dance films (beginning) [ends abruptly] (41 min.) -- Reel 2. Trisha Brown with dance films (conclusion) (49 min.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1478
Brown, Trisha, 1936-2017
Kraus, Lisa
Monteverdi, Claudio, 1567-1643. Orfeo
Sciarrino, Salvatore. Luci mie traditrici
Trilogy (Choreographic work : Brown)
Music and dance
Modern dance -- United States
Dance -- History -- 20th century
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Title taken from original cassette label and other videos from the series.
Content: For same interview but different camera angle, see: *MGZIDF 1478 Six American Dance Pioneers : A Look Back, A Leep Forward: Trisha Brown.
Content: Reel 1 (approximately 53 min.) ; Reel 2 (49 min.).
Content: Dance film excerpts interspersed between discussions include: El Trilogy (2000), Orfeo (1998) and Luci Mie Traditrici (2001).
Creation/production credits: Presented by Susan Hess Modern Dance; videographer, M. Keutemeyer.
Venue: Videotaped during talk at Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, Pa. 2001 May 1.
Acquisition: Gift; Susan Hess; 2010.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 videocassettes (MiniDV) (102 min.) : sound, color ; 1/4 in.
Reel 1. Trisha Brown (choreographer) discusses working in cycles; directing operas; the creation process for the jazz trilogy, El Trilogy (2000); creating El Trilogy over a short period of time with trumpet player, Dave Douglas, and painter, Terry Winters; explaining the phrase, Blowing a phrase out; brief question and answer session regarding Brown's use of clusters and her jazz sensibility. Reel 2. Brown discusses tee speed of her work; talks about the Monteverdi opera she created, Orfeo; the structure given to her by the music; wanting to direct an opera; working out movement on the dancers and every singer having a private coach; how the set worked; discussion of Brown's new work, Luci Mie Traditrici with brief question and answer session about her use of talking while dancing and if this theme relates to her operas; creating a new language/vocabulary for her Opera work; Orfeo winning the Grand Prize (Critic's Choice) in France; singers telling her that the movements she created helped them to learn the music; Brown mentions upcoming performances at Lincoln Center of Luci Mie Traditrici and El Trilogy; and concludes with thanking Susan Hess and Lisa Kraus.
Type of Resource
Moving image
RLIN/OCLC: 897739210
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20492851
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a0651650-6457-0132-b2b7-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Six American Dance Pioneers" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2001.

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Six American Dance Pioneers