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Trisha Brown Dance Co. is performing at the College at Brockport next week.

Trisha Brown Dance Company performs three dances at the Joyce Theatre on December 12, 2017. These dances illuminate Brown’s connection to music: Salvatore Sciarrino’s flute in Geometry of Quiet; Dave Douglas's jazz sounds in Groove and Countermove; and Jean-Phillippe Rameau’s baroque opera in L’Amour au théâtre. Photo Credit: Stephanie Berger.

Trisha Brown Dance Company performs three dances at the Joyce Theatre on December 12, 2017.
These dances illuminate Brown’s connection to music: Salvatore Sciarrino’s flute in Geometry of Quiet; Dave Douglas’s jazz sounds in Groove and Countermove; and Jean-Phillippe Rameau’s baroque opera in L’Amour au théâtre.
Photo Credit: Stephanie Berger.

The Department of Dance is hosting two performances by the internationally acclaimed group. In addition to performances, the company will offer a lecture/demonstration that is open to the public at 11:10 a.m. on Sept. 5 in the Rose L. Strasser Studio.

With Brown’s choreography, “the dances all remain new, fresh and vital, with an organic sensuality and clarity of form,” says Jacquie Davis, professor emerita who initiated the troupe’s visit. “And the dancers are stunningly beautiful.”

“Accumulation” is a short piece that opens the show. In this dance, patterns of movements develop and intrude on one another. As Brown noted in an interview, “When 99 percent of the body is mobbing to the right, I will stick something out to the left…to set up some sort of reverberation between the two.”

Following “Accumulation” is “Groove and Countermove.” This piece reveals an intricate world of counterpoint between one dancer and the rest of the troupe with Dave Douglas’ music. Whether the dancers are moving in unison or catapulting each other around the stage, Brown and the company create an intriguing environment that is both easygoing and incredibly expressive.

In addition to these new pieces, the program also features two works from the 1970s, “Locus Trio” and “Watermotor,” and one piece from the 1990s titled “If you couldn’t see me.”

Shows begin at 7:30 on Sept. 6 and 7 in the Hartwell Dance Theater. fineartstix.brockport.edu

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