Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Zone C Exhibition Project

Planes, 2009
Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Suitable for all ages

Planes, 1968

Trisha Brown Dance Company - New York City, USA


In this restaging of Brown’s 1968 “equipment piece”, dancers scale a 13 x 21 foot wall against the backdrop of a 16mm film by Jud Yalkut and a soundtrack of a vacuum cleaner by Simone Forti.

An icon in postmodern dance, Brown began her career exploring the terrain of her adoptive SoHo, creating dances for alternative spaces including rooftops and walls, and flirting with gravity by alternately using and defying it.

Working against gravity, the dancers in Planes appear to be freefalling as they dissolve against the film’s dizzying perspective. With complete devotion to imagery, the dancers roll and climb, overcoming the steepness and difficulty of the vertical structure.

Planes is inspired by Brown’s interest in reorienting the performer and audience, and in the play between structure and improvisation, repetition and invention, choice and chance. A rare opportunity to view an important early work that, according to The New York Times’ Alastair Macaulay, many ‘long-term Brown aficionados and former dancers’ have not seen, this marks Trisha Brown Dance Company’s third ever appearance in Toronto.

Planes is performed with dancers from COBA, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, The Chimera Project and the Dance Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University.

Trisha Brown (Artistic Director and Choreographer) was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington. After graduating from Mills College in Oakland, California in 1958, Brown moved to New York City’s SoHo and was instantly immersed in the post-modern phenomenon of Judson Dance Theater. In 1970, Brown formed her own company, which has performed regularly in theatres and opera houses around the world for over 40 years. Brown is a multidisciplinary artist, creating operas, visual art and over 100 choreographies.


Dundee Place
1 Adelaide Street East

This project is outdoors.