Trisha Brown Dance Company, Roof Piece

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EnlargeTrisha Brown Dance Company, Roof Piece (1971).Roof Piece (1971)

Performances June 9 at 7:00 PM; June 10 at 7:00 PM; June 11 at 5:00 and 7:00 PM.
Each performance lasts 20 - 30 minutes. Visit the Event Calendar for details.

Rooftops surrounding the southern end of the High Line, between West 13th and Gansevoort Streets.

Friends of the High Line is pleased to present Trisha Brown Dance Company's recreation of Roof Piece on the 40th anniversary of its creation. In this work, ten dancers stationed on rooftops mimic each other's movements in an improvised and mutable series of movements. The piece will be recreated on roofs surrounding the southern end of the High Line, so that park visitors will be encircled by the performance as it unfolds. These performances are free and open to the public, and do not require any reservations in advance. Visit the Event Calendar for more information and details about corresponding family programs.

After forming her own dance company in 1970, many of Trisha Brown's early works used the terrain of her adoptive Soho. These works were presented in non-traditional settings, outside of theaters, such as on roof tops and the sides of buildings. Roof Piece was first performed in 1971, in and around Wooster and Lafayette Streets.

About the Artist

Trisha Brown 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 Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, and Simone Forte, she pushed the limits of what could be considered appropriate movement for choreography, transforming conceptions of modern dance. Brown founded her namesake company in 1970. She is the first woman choreographer to receive the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and has been awarded many other honors, including five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships. She was a 1994 recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award and, at the invitation of President Bill Clinton, served on the National Council on the Arts from 1994 to 1997. In 1999 Brown received the New York State Governor's Arts Award, and in 2003, the National Medal of Arts. She has received numerous honorary doctorates and is an Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Additional support for Roof Piece has been provided by The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts.

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