Accumulations: Exploring the Legacies of Trisha Brown

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Saturday October 29, 2016
Nasher Museum
9:30am - 4pm
Join us for a one-day symposium focused on the creative legacies of experimental visual artist and choreographer Trisha Brown. Researchers and dancers offer varied points of entry to the diverse output of this important postmodern artist.

Staged by SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, in association with Duke Performances, the event will offer rare insight into the accumulations of an American innovator.

  • Dance Researchers: Susan Rosenberg, Amanda Graham, Thomas F. DeFrantz
  • Trisha Brown Dance Company Affiliates: Cori Olinghouse, Shelley Senter, Tony Orrico, Abby Yager, and Carolyn Lucas, Co-Artistic Director of Trisha Brown Dance Company
  • Moderators: Dasha A. Chapman, Tessa Nunn, Andrea Woods Valdés, and Jodee Nimerichter, Director of ADF 
  • SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology
  • Duke Performances
  • Duke African and African American Studies
  • Duke Dance Program
  • Nasher Museum at Duke


9:30: Welcome
Thomas F. DeFrantz (Director, SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology)
9:45: “Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art”
Susan Rosenberg (Author of Trisha Brown: Choreography As Visual Art (1962-1987))

10:30 - 11:15: “Fixtures: Trisha Brown's Work | Life” 
Amanda Graham (Visiting Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges) 
“Racing Postmodern Dance” 
Thomas F. DeFrantz (Chair, African and African American Studies at Duke)
Moderated by Dasha A. Chapman (Postdoctoral Associate, Duke)

11:15 - 12: “Movement Toward Definition”
Artist Talk by Tony Orrico (Independent Visual Artist, former Trisha Brown Company member)
Moderated by Tessa Nunn (Ph.D. candidate, Duke Romance Studies)

12 - 1: lunch on your own or make a reservation at the Nasher Café

1 - 2: “Archiving the Gesture” A performance lecture with Cori Olinghouse  (Archivist for the Trisha Brown Company and former company member) and Shelly Senter (Independent Dance Artist, former Trisha Brown company member)
Moderated by Andrea Woods Valdés (Professor of the Practice, Duke Dance)

2 - 3: Current company members in conversation with Abby Yager (former Trisha Brown company member) and Carolyn Lucas (Co-Artistic Director, Trisha Brown Company), Moderated by Jodee Nimerichter (Director, ADF|American Dance Festival)

3:15 - 4: Showing of Trisha Brown Films, ‘Aeros’ (1990) and ‘Water Motor’ (1978)
Introduced by Aaron Greenwald (Executive Director, Duke Performances) 
6pm & 8:30pm: Trisha Brown Company performs at the Nasher Museum: tickets at