When Lisa Kraus learned in 2013 that the Trisha Brown Dance Company would, after a three-year tour of Brown’s proscenium works, no longer exist in its current form, she knew she needed to act. “I felt that Philadelphia had not been fully exposed to her brilliance,” says Kraus, who danced with Brown in the ’70s and ’80s. “I wanted people in my community to have the opportunity to dig into her work and find the beauty in it the way I have over the decades.”
Kraus decided to initiate a yearlong festival dedicated to the postmodern choreographer, who announced her departure from her own company due to health problems. “Trisha Brown: In the New Body” will celebrate and investigate Brown’s choreography via performances (by the company and, for the first time, Pennsylvania Ballet), classes, workshops and talks as part of the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series and in conjunction with Pennsylvania colleges like Drexel University, Swarthmore College, Temple University and the University of the Arts. The performances kick off this month with the Philadelphia premiere of some of Brown’s oldest works. Learn more here.
Photos from top: by Julieta Cervantes; by Dirk Bleicker, both courtesy of the Trisha Brown Dance Company