Joyce Theater

Trisha Brown Dance Company

April 29-May 12

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Returning to The Joyce’s virtual stage in 2021, the Trisha Brown Dance Company presents a digital program featuring works from Brown’s initial explorations with movement invention. Featuring an encore presentation of the 2017 Joyce performance of Geometry of Quiet (2002), the program will also include newly recorded performances of Locus Trio (1980), Watermotor (1978) and The Decoy Project—a unique arrangement of Glacial Decoy (1979) for video that incorporates guest artists from the New York dance community.

Geometry of Quiet (2002)

Brown’s second work to the music of Salvatore Sciarrino, Geometry of Quiet matches the poignancy and delicacy of the music with choreography that implies a personal, emotional intimacy. Slowly engaging in solos, duets, and trios, each delicate configuration is careful not to disturb the balance, revealing pieces which didn’t seem to be missing.

Locus Trio (1980)

With movement generated from her own biography placed within the structure of a cube, Locus Trio (1975) marks the first time Brown linked drawing as part of her imaginative practice. Locus Trio expands a single cube into a grid of twelve, four wide by three deep. Using an improvised score, three dancers slip in and out of unison, allowing the structure of the solo to guide their choices as they navigate the grid. Each performance offers an ever-changing kaleidoscopic form unique unto itself.

Watermotor (1978)

“Unpredictable, personal, dense,” Watermotor (1978) leaves behind the starkness of Brown's postmodern task dances and presages the rich movement phrases in the pieces that follow. As with Locus, Brown drew upon her lived experience to generate the movement, but rather than a graph of biographical information, Brown used childhood imagery to discover her physical intelligence.

The Decoy Project

Inspired by the illusion of an infinite line of dancers extending beyond the proscenium in Glacial Decoy, The Decoy Project is a marriage between an adaptation of the work Brown created for WNET and the original Decoy form. This unique arrangement for video is born out of a desire to get more dancers back into the studio by extending the line of physical transmission beyond our TBDC dancers and engaging with a larger community of professional women dancers here in New York.

Streaming On-Demand Thursday, April 29 at 8pm ET through Wednesday, May 12 at 11:59pm ET

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Artist Talkback with Trisha Brown Dance Company, Limón Dance Company, and Stephen Petronio Company

Dive deeper into the works of Trisha Brown Dance Company, Limón Dance Company, and Stephen Petronio Company as we explore the topic of legacy and what it means for these illustrious dance companies. With rich histories spanning decades, each company’s unique approach to legacy honors the past while considering the evolution of its work for the 21st century audience.

Moderated by Joyce Programming Director Aaron Mattocks, our Artist Chat features Carolyn Lucas (Associate Artistic Director, Trisha Brown Dance Company), Dante Puleio (Artistic Director, Limón Dance Company), and Stephen Petronio (Artistic Director, Stephen Petronio Company).

Stream the stage with all three companies this Spring!



Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been provided by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.  

Leadership support for The Joyce’s presentation of dance is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  Leadership support for The Joyce's annual programming is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation.

Joyce programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  

Major support For The Joyce has been provided by Ford Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.  

Key support has been provided by First Republic Bank, GKV Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and its National Dance Project, and Jerome Robbins Foundation. 

Ticket Prices

Tickets are $25 per household. This performance will be available for streaming April 29-May 12.

All tickets can be purchased online. For questions, please call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. JoyceCharge is open noon-4pm Monday-Friday.