Dance performances

CAP UCLA brings dance performances to Los Angeles museums

UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance is partnering with Los Angeles museums to present a series of performances by the internationally acclaimed Trisha Brown Dance Company titled “Trisha Brown: In Plain Site Los Angeles.”

From Tuesday, March 7 through Sunday, March 12, the acclaimed New York dance company will perform selections from Brown’s rich archive at multiple venues, including the Broad Museum, the Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Hauser Wirth and Schimmel. . Performances are free and open to the public, unless otherwise specified.

The project is led by longtime Brown dancers and handpicked associate artistic directors Carolyn Lucas and Diane Madden. At each site, the company will exploit and then recombine key choreographies from Brown’s groundbreaking repertoire dating from 1963 to 2011.

“In collaboration with the Trisha Brown Dance Company, we have created a mechanism that frees Trisha Brown’s choreography from the front stages where most dance work is performed,” said Kristy Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director from CAPUCLA.

In Brown’s spirit of embracing unusual performance spaces and her background as a visual artist, the company will select choreography based on what is appropriate for her particular location.

“Whether inside a museum or an outdoor space, many factors come into play, including varying surfaces, grass, slate, rooftops, and even bodies of water,” Lucas said. “The ultimate goal is to create a resonant dialogue between the space and the audience.”

With “In Plain Site Los Angeles,” CAP UCLA showcases the subtle arc of Brown’s aesthetic, Edmunds noted. First in relation to the radical architecture of the Broad and Getty museums, then in response to several sculptural works specific to LACMA, and finally in the open-air spaces surrounding Hauser Wirth and Schimmel’s commercial warehouse gallery setting , which is set in the New York spaces where Brown’s early inspiration flourished.

“It’s very epic and reframes the dialogue around Trisha’s exploration of sculpture, architecture and spatial design within the local visual arts and museum culture of Los Angeles,” said Edmunds.

“In Plain Site Los Angeles” will engage audiences in a radically different way, deliberately reducing the distance between performers and audience. Performances will be streamed live and also videotaped to create an archival footprint. This documentation will become part of TBDC’s extensive media archive, designed to engage users in creative dialogue with the works in another non-theatrical space, as the documentation becomes part of ongoing collections at museums and at UCLA. Recognized as one of the greatest dancers and choreographers of her time, Brown’s role as a curator of her own work remains one of her most significant contributions to dance and art history.

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Almost every surface is in play as a possible performance space for “In Plain Site”.

The project kicks off with a conversation between architect Liz Diller, art historian Susan Rosenberg and Edmunds at The Broad on March 6. The first public performances will be at The Broad on March 7, available to concertgoers with an all-day museum ticket. Two paid 60-minute special performances will take place at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

CAP UCLA and the J. Paul Getty Museum are partnering to showcase Brown’s work at the Getty Center on March 10. This follows a 2013 collaboration that included the first-ever edit of Brown’s iconic work “Roof Piece” outside New York City.

The series continues March 11 at LACMA with two 45-minute performances. Brown’s early sculpting work later influenced his choreography. LACMA audiences can experience her sculptural approach to dance by seeing her in relation to some of the major sculptures that define Los Angeles. Performances will range from Chris Burden’s “Urban Light” to Robert Irwin’s “Primal Palm Garden.”

Performance week ends March 12 at Hauser Wirth and Schimmel with a review of Brown’s artistic debut. Some of Brown’s early performances took place in small commercial art spaces, organized in neighborhoods that functioned as communities of artists. Located in the heart of the booming downtown arts district, Hauser Wirth and Schimmel features artists who have worked with it in the past.

Brown, 80, stopped choreographing new work in 2013 and remains with her world-renowned company as founding artistic director and choreographer. In a career that spanned five decades, Brown received numerous accolades for her choreography, including the National Medal of Arts, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award, and the title of Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. She was also the first woman to receive the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in Choreography.

Founded in 1970 when Brown moved away from the experimental Judson Dance Theater to work with her own group of dancers, the Trisha Brown Dance Company offered its first performances at alternative venues, including galleries in Manhattan’s SoHo. His repertoire has grown from solo and small group pieces to include major evening works for opera and theatre. His oeuvre includes collaborations between Brown and renowned visual artists and musicians such as Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage.

“In Plain Site Los Angeles” is supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Multi-Year Grant for Collaborative Intersections in the Visual and Performing Arts. Additional support is provided by Diane Levine and the New England Foundation for the Arts through the National Dance Project.

Full program and associated events:

Performances are free, unless otherwise specified, and open to the public during theater opening hours.

Monday March 6, 8 p.m. at the Broad Museum
221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Conversation with architect Liz Diller, art historian Susan Rosenberg, and CAP UCLA Artistic and Executive Director Kristy Edmunds exploring Brown’s influence on architecture. For tickets, visit

Tuesday March 7 at the Broad
221 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

Public performances all day with museum ticket. There will also be paid performances at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets for evening performances can be purchased at

Friday, March 10 at the Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles

2 p.m. public performance
5 p.m. private show

Saturday, March 11 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

4 p.m. public performance
5:45 p.m. public performance

Sunday March 12 at Hauser Wirth and Schimmel
901 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles

4:30 p.m. public performance
6 p.m. benefit for CAP UCLA (ticket)
7 p.m. private show

For more information and tickets for the CAP UCLA benefit, please contact [email protected] or 310.206.6431.