Who: Trisha Brown Dance Company
What: River to River Festival
Where: Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, Battery Park City
When: Sunday, June 21, free, 4:00 & 6:00
Why: Last summer, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council paid tribute to Trisha Brown with a series of special events on Governors Island and other locations. This summer TBDC is back to perform In Plain Site, Wagner Park, New York, a site-specific project that will incorporate excerpts from the company’s vast, genre-redefining repertoire, reacting to and with Robert Wagner Park. In Plain Site could feature sections from such previous works as Scallops, Corners, Accumulation, Leaning Duet I, Group Primary Accumulation with Movers, Sticks I, Curl Curve Back Up, Sticks IV, Spanish Dance, and Figure Eight, dating back more than forty years, depending on how each fits in with Wagner Park. “Each performance not only inspired the emergence of new dance ideas based on a cumulatively evolving foundation of artistic principles, brought to fruition through their interaction with new sites of presentation,” TBDC scholar-in-resident Susan Rosenberg notes on the company’s website. “Importantly, Brown also continued to perform existing choreographies, but renewed their meanings and experiences for audiences through her works’ re-siting in new contexts.” It should be fascinating and fun to see the dialogue that they come up with for this beautiful space in the southernmost end of Battery Park City, which boasts sensational views of New Jersey and the Statue of Liberty. The River to River Festival continues through June 28 with such other dance performances as Souleymane Badolo’s Dance My Life, Rachel Tess’s Souvenir Undone, Yanira Castro / a canary torsi’s Court/Garden, Twyla Tharp’s The One Hundreds, Eiko’s A Body in a Station, and Wally Cardona, Jennifer Lacey, and Jonathan Bepler’s The Set Up: Saya Lei.