Friday, November 5, 2010

"Breaking paradigms of human gravity" by Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown is a New York-based choreographer, and is one of the most acclaimed and prestigious dancer and choreographer of the postmodern era. She is well known for showing unconventional and emotional performances, and for always pushing the limits of what can be considered appropriate to a dance revolution in American dancers.

“I always feel sorry for the parts of the stage that aren’t being used,” the choreographer Trisha Brown said once. “I have in the past felt sorry for the ceilings and the walls. It’s perfectly good space, why doesn’t anyone use it?

Brown founded her dance company in 1970, to explore different contexts and live scenarios, and to allow artists to surpass boundaries using the facades of NYC SOHO’s buildings, rooftops and walls, while people move or dance at the rhythms of music.

She presented “Off the Wall” Part 2 exhibition, at the Whitney Museum during September 30 and October 3, 2010.  After almost 40 years of not having showcased at this museum, she presented an impressive live performance of 8 dancers, literally hanging from a metallic strings, walking, and slitting on the walls.

We sat comfortably on the floor for about 2 hours, and enjoyed the different acrobats hanging horizontally and walking synchronized on the walls. Interestingly, there was no music, but the sound of the strings and pulleys gently moving through the rails, while holding the dancers. Their costumes were simple monochromatic denim pants with Lycra cotton shirts.

As I enjoyed the show, I only imagined myself dancing and also walking on the wall with the soul of my feet full of paint, drawing my footsteps and having some color splashed on my clothes. Also, I was impressed by the collaboration between engineers and dancers, and their capacity to master the gravity and balance of their body weight, while being tuned with their movements.

Enjoying this acrobatic performance has been one the most creative experiences I’ve had so far in NYC.

Photos: Laura Daza