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Artist-In-Residence: Trisha Brown Dance Company

ACCUMULATIONS: Exploring the Legacies of Trisha Brown

Saturday, October 29, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Nasher Museum of Art Auditorium, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham
Free & open to the public

Join us for a one-day symposium focused on the creative legacies of experimental visual artist and choreographer Trisha Brown. Researchers and dancers offer varied points of entry to the diverse output of this important postmodern artist. Staged by SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, in association with Duke Performances, the event will offer rare insight into the accumulations of an American innovator.

Dance Researchers: Susan Rosenberg, Amanda Graham & Thomas F. DeFrantz

Trisha Brown Dance Company Affiliates: Cori Olinghouse, Shelley Senter, Tony Orrico, Abby Yager & Carolyn Lucas (Co-Associate Artistic Director of Trisha Brown Dance Company)

Moderators: Dasha A. Chapman, Tessa Nunn, Andrea Woods Valdés & Jodee Nimerichter (Executive Director of the American Dance Festival)


Full Schedule:

9:30 AM:
Welcome, Thomas F. DeFrantz (Director, SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology)

9:45 AM:
“Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art”
Susan Rosenberg (Author of Trisha Brown: Choreography As Visual Art (1962-1987))

10:30 AM – 11:15 AM:
“Fixtures: Trisha Brown’s Work | Life”
Amanda Graham (Visiting Professor, Hobart & William Smith Colleges)
“Racing Postmodern Dance”
Thomas F. DeFrantz (Chair, African & African American Studies, Duke)
Moderated by Dasha A. Chapman (Postdoctoral Associate, Duke)

11:15 AM – 12 PM:
“Movement Toward Definition”
Artist Talk by Tony Orrico (Independent Visual Artist, former Trisha Brown Company member)
Moderated by Tessa Nunn (Ph.D. candidate, Duke Romance Studies)

12 PM – 1PM:
Lunch on your own or make a reservation at the Nasher Café. Reservations: (919) 684-6032 or online.

1 PM – 2 PM:
“Archiving the Gesture” A performance lecture with Cori Olinghouse (Archivist for the Trisha Brown Company & former company member) & Shelly Senter (Independent Dance Artist, former Trisha Brown company member)
Moderated by Andrea Woods Valdés (Professor of the Practice, Duke Dance Program)

2 PM – 3 PM:
Current company members in conversation with Abby Yager (former Trisha Brown company member) & Carolyn Lucas (Co-Associate Artistic Director, Trisha Brown Dance Company), moderated by Jodee Nimerichter (Executive Director, ADF|American Dance Festival)

3:15 PM – 4 PM:
Showing of Trisha Brown Films, Aeros (1990) & Water Motor (1978)
Introduced by Aaron Greenwald (Executive Director, Duke Performances)
Trisha Brown Dance Company performs In Plain Site at Sarah P. Duke Gardens & the Nasher Museum of Art Friday, October 28 through Sunday, October 30.
Friday, October 28, 5 PM, Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Saturday, October 29, 6 PM & 8:30 PM, Nasher Museum of Art
Sunday, October 30, 2:30 PM & 5 PM, Sarah P. Duke Gardens


  • Sat, Oct 29, 2016 at 9:30am
Nasher Museum Auditorium