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Photo by Lev Radin

Trisha Brown Dance Company

Roof Piece

June 2011 – June 2011

Rooftops surrounding the southern end of the High Line - Between West 13th and Gansevoort Streets

June 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM
June 10, 2011 at 7:00 PM
June 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

Trisha Brown Dance Company presents a 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 has been recreated on roofs surrounding the southern end of the High Line, so that park visitors will be encircled by the performance as it unfolds.

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.

(1,2) Photo by Lev Radin; (3) Photo by Kiersten Chou; (4-7) Photo by Trisha Brown.

Artist bio

Trisha Brown (b. 1936, Washington) is a postmodernist American choreographer and dancer. Brown first achieved public notice at with the Judson Dance Theater in the 1960s. With like-minded artists including Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, and Simone Forti, she pushed the limits of choreography, transforming conceptions of modern dance. Brown founded the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970, which continues to perform at international venues. 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.