UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance Presents Trisha Brown Company’s In Plain Site Los Angeles

This past March 6-12, and just before the passing of Trisha Brown, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP) wrapped up the second of its three year project, Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts (CIVP). Under the leadership of Executive and Artistic Director Kristy Edmunds, CAP had already had Choreographers Deborah Hay and Jonah Bokaer in residencies. These occurred at UCLA while the ambitious In Plain Site Los Angeles manifested as an extensive series of site specific performances at The Broad Museum, The Getty Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Hauser and Wirth Gallery. Each performance was different in each site, bringing in large audiences and positive responses from the museum managers who collaborated with CAP. Campbell Consultants Group has been the evaluator of the CIVP project for CAP, reporting to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. We found this to be a particularly exciting year. I grew up in New York and saw the original performances by Trisha Brown and Company. Seeing them performed again in unexpected spaces, with a new company presenting to younger audiences who were hungry for an arts experience brought directly to them on their terms was a wonderful experience. The cross sector work of performing arts in visual arts spaces is opening opportunities for both artists and visual arts spaces by allowing for new forms of presentation as well as audience development and becoming an extremely positive change in the overall arts ecology. Carolyn Lucas of the Trisha Brown Dance Company expressed it well when she said, “Each of the venues was spectacular, and all illuminated the choreography of Trisha Brown. I feel confident that each collaboration and program in turn illuminated each venue, inviting the audiences to experience new impressions of how dance, art, architecture, and landscape meet. CAP UCLA’s is in a leadership position in programming in the United States. Kristy Edmunds is willing to push what is possible with the resources at hand, as well as bring novel partners to the table. It is key to not be caught in traditional notions of genres – our week there was an example of a successful event that goes beyond those notions.”


Posted on May 16, 2017 in Newsworthy, Presenters and Presentations

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