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Photo Credit: Roof Piece (c) Kevin Vast 2011


Trisha Brown Dance Company: Roof Piece

Date: Saturday, April 6, 2013
Time: 1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. and
3:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, site wide
Admission: Free; no reservations required

In partnership with Center for the Art of Performance at the University of California, Los Angeles (CAP UCLA), as part of the Trisha Brown Dance Company: The Retrospective Project, the Getty presents the West Coast premiere of one of the acclaimed choreographer's most iconic works, Roof Piece, in two free performances on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Since its debut on the rooftops of New York's SoHo in 1971, the work has become legend over the years as a result of photographic documentation. Roof Piece was recently remounted in 2011 on the High Line in New York City. The two Getty Center performances feature Trisha Brown Dance Company members wearing fire-red costumes performing in locations spanning the entire site. This is the first time Roof Piece will be performed in the context of an architectural structure specifically devoted to art.

Trisha Brown, one of the most widely acclaimed choreographers to emerge in the postmodern era, first came to public notice in the 1960s with the Judson Dance Theater. Along with like-minded artists, such as Yvonne Rainer, Steve Paxton, and Simone Forti, Brown pushed the limits of what was considered appropriate movement for choreography, thereby changing modern dance forever. Many of the Company's early dances for alternative spaces harnessed rooftops and walls in order to use and defy gravity in her surprising choreographies.

Film Screening: Roof Piece on the High Line

In this short film, director Babette Mangolte captures Trisha Brown's Roof Piece as it was performed in 2011 on the High Line in New York City. The dance, which took place in the compressed architectural space of the structure, required spectators to move about the space in order to see every dancer.

Directed by: Babette Mangolte
(2012, 35 minutes, DVD)

Time: 11:00 a.m., noon, and 2:00 p.m.
Location: Museum Lecture Hall


CAP UCLA's Trisha Brown Dance Company: The Retrospective Project is a weeklong celebration of this renowned choreographer and her company, presenting selections that highlight the tapestry of Trisha Brown's exceptional body of work. Complete details and descriptions of all the Retrospective Project performances can be found online at

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