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September 7, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Trisha Brown wins Gish prize

The New York Times is reporting that Aberdeen-born choreographer Trisha Brown has won the Dorothy and Lillian Gish prize. Named after the silent film actresses, the $300,000 prize honors groundbreaking artists — an excellent description of Brown, who played a major role in dismantling and then reconstructing notions of modern dance in the mid-20th century.

Brown is one of three dancemakers from the Pacific Northwest known internationally for refashioning the art form, along with Merce Cunningham (see below) and Mark Morris. What is in the water here?

Trisha Brown Dance Company was last seen in Seattle about six months ago in a UW World Dance Series performance that Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch reviewed, noting the choreography’s “beautifully ‘random’ flow.”

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(Photo: Trisha Brown Dance Company in “Pygmalion,” by Deen van Meer.)

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