Proscenium Works Tour: “Set and Reset,” “PRESENT TENSE,” “Newark (Nieweweorce)”
Trisha Brown Dance Company
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House
New York, NY
January 28, 2016
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2016 by Martha Sherman
Three dancers standing tall in the shadows upstage carried a prone woman on her side, and her legs moved as if she were walking sideways through air – a reminder of Trisha Brown’s iconic 1970 work “Man Walking Down the Side of a Building.” At BAM this week, the image was the opening foray into one of Brown’s most treasured works, “Set and Reset.” A taped voice intoned “Long time no see” to the Laurie Anderson score of that name, and a full house of Trisha Brown fans all silently agreed. It’s been a long time since Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) has performed “Set and Reset,” here where it premiered at BAM in 1983.
Jamie Scott, Stuart Shugg, Olsi Gjeci, Leah Ives in "PRESENT TENSE." Photo © Julia Cervantes.