Questions of Practice: Writer and Dancer Wendy Perron on Trisha Brown and the Body

Taking a cue from Bryn Mawr College’s year-long series, Trisha Brown: In the New Body, we asked dancer and former Trisha Brown Dance Company member Wendy Perron how Brown imagined and interpreted “the new body.” Perron recalls the choreographer’s fascination with “wanting to see the body horizontal in space.”

Writer and dancer Wendy Perron on Trisha Brown and the body. Filmed at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage on October 13, 2015.

With Center support, Bryn Mawr College presents Trisha Brown: In the New Body, which culminates in performances of Brown’s O zlozony/O composite by the Pennsylvania Ballet, June 9-12, 2016.

Wendy Perron is a writer, dancer, choreographer, and editor-at-large of Dance Magazine. Perron is a former member of the Trisha Brown Company, and her own group, the Wendy Perron Dance Company, appeared at the Lincoln Center Festival, The Joyce Theater, Danspace Project, and other venues in the US and abroad from 1983-97. Perron is the author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer, and has contributed reviews and features to publications including The New York Times, Village Voice, Ballet Review, and Dance Magazine.


Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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Grants & Grantees

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Collaborators & Colleagues

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