Duke Symposium Explores the Legacy of Dance Innovator Trisha Brown

Durham, N.C. – SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, in association with Duke Performances, announces the one-day symposium, ACCUMULATIONS: Exploring the Legacies of Trisha Brown.

ACCUMULATIONS will offer rare insight into the creative process of an American dance innovator and bring together a dozen artists and researchers for discussion, performance, and film showings on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 9:30am-4:00pm at the Nasher Museum at Duke University.

The Trisha Brown Company will perform at Duke University October 28-30. The symposium takes advantage of this unique opportunity to explore the work of dance luminary Trisha Brown. Organizer Thomas F. DeFrantz, artistic director of SLIPPAGE:Performance|Culture|Technology, said, “Trisha Brown’s work has had a huge impact on theatrical dance, especially in terms of her uses of unexpected spaces as surfaces for dancing, and her ‘release technique’ of dancing that is spiky, spirited, and seems to be free-flowing.”

DeFrantz, also Chair of African and African American Studies at Duke, said discussions of Brown’s creative legacies have been frequent in art museums, but they have been fairly infrequent among dance researchers in the United States.

“At Duke, we will combine emerging ideas from dance studies, critical race studies, and art history together to consider how dance makes its impacts in the world. We’ll also ask many of Brown’s collaborating artists to help us understand what it is like to live in the work, and to bring these complex physical ideas into the world,” DeFrantz said.

The symposium will include presentations by dance researchers DeFrantz, Susan Rosenberg, and Amanda Graham, alongside Trisha Brown dance company affiliates, Cori Olinghouse, Shelley Senter, Tony Orrico, Abby Yager, and Carolyn Lucas, Co-Artistic Director of Trisha Brown Dance Company. Event moderators include Dasha A. Chapman, Tessa Nunn, Andrea Woods Valdés and Jodee Nimerichter, Director of the American Dance Festival.

The Nasher Museum is located at 2001 Campus Drive, Durham, NC 27705. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, a detailed schedule, and participant bios visit https://danceprogram.duke.edu/node/5374

The Trisha Brown Company will perform at the Nasher Museum at 6:00pm and 8:30pm October 29, and at the Sarah Duke Gardens Friday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 30. For tickets visit

Made possible with support from SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology, Duke Performances, Duke African and African American Studies Department, Duke Dance Program, and the Nasher Museum at Duke.

SLIPPAGE: PERFORMANCE|CULTURE|TECHNOLOGY, an interdisciplinary performance research group led by Thomas F. DeFrantz, explores connections between performance and emergent technology in the service of theatrical storytelling and the telling of alternative histories. Founded in 2003 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, SLIPPAGE produces conferences, symposia, workshops, and artist exchanges in events that mark social progress via research in performance