Trisha Brown Dance Company
Astral Converted /
first sector € 60,00
second sector € 48,00
executive director Barbara Dufty
programming director Anne Dechêne
stage manager Angelina Pellini
lighting supervisor/production manager Elizabeth Chester
international représentation Colette de Turville
This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.
In 2017, the death of Trisha Brown – an icon of post-modern dance born in Aberdeen in 1936 – shook the world of dance and contemporary art. The Festival dei Due Mondi pays tribute to the revolutionary American artist by presenting a selection of her works: Astral Converted and Working Title at the Roman Theatre and Trisha Brown: In Plain Site at the Palazzo Collicola Museum of Modern Art.
A re-elaboration of Astral Convertible (1989), and one of the first products of the creative alliance between Trisha Brown and Robert Rauschenberg, Astral Converted (1991) combines the visual style of Rauschenberg, who provides the visuals and costumes, with John Cage’s original music. The dancers resemble cosmic beings who move in space, crawl, stretch, jump and twist, while eight shining metal towers fitted with a system of sensors respond to the performers’ movements with lights and sounds.
Astral Converted skilfully blends modern art, architecture and geometry, hallmarks of Trisha Brown’s unmistakable choreographic style.
Suspension and gravity, on the other hand, are the main components of Working Title (1985), an autobiographical work with music by Peter Zummo in which Brown recalls her childhood. ‘When I used to run in the forest through moss, mud, hard and rotten wood. If you go fast, you just have to choose where to put your feet. […] They were totally asymmetrical and unpredictable movements, an example of something I later explored’. In Working Title, the dancer’s suspended body enters a dialogue with the dance ensemble, with collisions, thrusts and deliberately awkward movements. The result is “deeply human”.
Throughout her long and brilliant career, Trisha Brown has pushed the limits of choreography by playing with gravity – exploiting it and sometimes challenging it – and by using cutting-edge technology, thus changing modern dance forever. Defined by Dance Magazine as “a genius who never tired of challenges”, her research on movement, rejecting stylistic and academic elements, has made everyday gestures extraordinary, questioning the very concept of performance.
duration 78 minutes plus break