Trisha Brown, the most widely acclaimed choreographer to emerge from the postmodern era, first came to public notice when she began showing work with Judson Dance Theater. In 1970, she formed Trisha Brown Dance Company. She has created over 100 dance works including several operas, and is an accomplished visual artist. Trisha Brown Dance Company offered its first performances at alternative sites in Manhattan’s SoHo, which included rooftops and walls. Today, the Company is regularly seen in landmark opera houses and theaters around the world. The repertory has grown from solos and small group pieces to include major evening-length works and collaborations between Brown and renowned artists including Robert Rauschenberg, Laurie Anderson and Donald Judd.
Amongst numerous honors, Brown was the first woman choreographer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship ‘Genius Award’. She’s received two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, the New York State Governor’s Arts Award, National Medal of Arts, and Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Arts et les Lettress from the French Government. She served on the National Council on the Arts from 1994-97. Brown was recently honored with the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, a US Artists Simon Fellow and the Foundation of Contemporary Arts’ first Robert Rauschenberg Award.
Stacy Spence danced with Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1997-2006. He was an original cast member of L’Orfeo, Canto Pianto, 5 Part Weather Invention, Rapture to Leon James, Groove and Countermove, Geometry of Quiet, PRESENT TENSE, and how long does the subject linger on the edge of the volume… Stacy received his MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and he continues to lead classes, workshops, lectures and restaging projects for Trisha Brown Dance Company. Most recently, he directed Newark Re-Worked at CNDC Angers. He has danced and collaborated with Polly Motley and filmmaker Molly Davies, along with numerous others. Stacy’s own work has been commissioned by EDge the postgraduate compay of London Contemporary Dance School, The University of New Mexico, and OtherShore Dance Company. From 2008 - 2009 Stacy was a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.