(Wo)Man Walking Down the Side of a Building – A Success

Posted on Apr 10, 2013

“Amelia Rudolph absolutely beautiful in Trisha Brown’s Man Walking. Breathtaking, heart-rate jumping and empathy generating exhilaration.” -tweeted by Kristy Edmunds, Executive & Artistic Director, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA

Trisha Brown is among the top most influential choreographers of the 20th/21st century whose groundbreaking experiments in the 70s pushed the definition and understanding of what dance is. Among her most famous works are “Roof Piece” (1971) and “Man Walking Down the Side of a Building” (1970) both of which put dance on architecture in public space. Her movement style was one of the first to ask dancers to move with release and naturalness on the concert stage. Both the idea of working in public space and that of released movement are central to how I think about my own work and seeing her dances in the 80s stimulated my imagination as a mover and dance maker. The inspiration that got me dancing on buildings was born from my experience as a climber,  however in the context of post modern dance in America, it can be seen as a flowering of Trisha’s idea-that dance can take place on a vertical stage and in public space.  Last week I was honored to perform “(Wo)Man Walking Down the Side of a Building” for UCLA’s  major retrospective of Brown’s work. I worked closely with Diane Madden, associate artistic director of TBDC to re-create the piece true to Brown’s original intention. The experience was unforgettable. When I performed the piece, (which I did three times), it felt like I was casting a spell and was part of it. The piece takes place in silence and involves “simply” walking down the building. Each slight weight shift becomes monumental. My goal was to have it look like a person just walking, albeit in slow motion and on a building. After Friday’s show, I partook in a panel hosted by Kristy Edmunds, UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance Artistic Director and was joined by choreographers Lionel Popkin and Simone Forti as well as Trisha Brown dancer Laurel Tentindo. To be part of honoring dance history this way has been one of the most profoundly inspiring dance experiences I have ever had.” – Ameila



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