In 2023, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting the Trisha Brown Dance Company in the creation of a program featuring In the Fall by Noé Soulier and two works by Trisha Brown, and the Maison de la danse and the Festival d'Automne in Paris in the presentation of this program.
In a celebration of Trisha Brown’s rich body of work, her company presents two pieces which are a statement of the variety of questions and motifs explored throughout her dances. In the Fall, a creation by the choreographer Noé Soulier for the company’s performers, prolongs this journey – bridging the gap between living archive and present gestures.
Since Trisha Brown passed away in 2017, her company, directed by Carolyn Lucas continues to bring life to her legacy through its wide-ranging repertory. From her early forays into the realms of American post-modern dance up to her large-scale works for the Opera, Trisha Brown profoundly redefined the landscape of choreographic creation through her fluid approach to movement. In order to celebrate the links between the choreographer and France, the Trisha Brown Dance Company presents two pieces which bear witness to this fertile relationship: For MG: The Movie, a piece tainted with melancholy, dedicated to the memory of Michel Guy, the Festival d’Automne’s founder; and Working Title, which draws upon unexpected, asymmetrical motifs and confronts bodies relationship to gravity. Noé Soulier’s commission In the Fall echoes the radiance of this work today. For him, the ‘Brownian-movement’ outmaneuvers the geometric paradigm of modern dance and necessitates a deep-seated decentering of physical points of reference. By entering into dialogue with the work of Trisha Brown, he seeks to experience the living archive in existence within the company’s performers but also to confront them with the impulse of his own choreographic principles.
Photo : Working Title by Trisha Brown © Sandy Korzekwa
About the artists
Trisha Brown (1936-2017) is considered one of the most inventive and influential dancers and choreographers of the second half of the 20th century. She founded her dance company in 1970. In doing so, she embarked on a 40-year odyssey along the many paths of contemporary dance, marked by improvisation and experimentation, pushing back the limits of the body and appropriating unexpected urban and natural spaces (rooftops, walls, galleries, etc.). A creator of more than 100 choreographies and six operas, she was also a visual artist, collaborating over the years with innovative artists including Robert Rauschenberg and Laurie Anderson.
Photo : Trisha Brown © Johan Elbers
In 2022, Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels is supporting Noé Soulier for his creation First Memory.