Trisha Brown at the Jardin des Tuileries

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Trisha Brown dancers in front of Richard Serra’s “Clara-Clara” sculpture. Photo: B. Bishop

Trisha Brown’s Dance Company recently performed some of her early works in the Jardin des Tuileries including “Sticks” “Accumulation” and “Figure Eight” as part of Paris’ Quartier d’Ete summer festival. Paris’ Tuilleries Garden was an ideal setting for these pieces originally conceived in the early seventies for alternative SoHo public spaces such as roof tops and walls where she flirted with gravity – alternately using it and defying it. Her innovative choroegraphy “Man Walking Down the Side of a Building” forever changed how people thought about dance.

Brown is one of the most widely acclaimed choreographers to emerge from the postmodern era. She first came to public notice when she began showing her work with the Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s. Along with like-minded artists including Steve Paxton and Yvonne Rainer, she pushed the limits of what could be considered appropriate movement for choreography.  This “hot-bed of dance revolution,” as one critic of the time called the Judson group, was imbued with a maverick spirit and blessed with total disrespect for assumption, qualities that Brown still exhibits rather in the world’s great opera houses or public spaces such as the Jardin des Tuileries.