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Trisha Brown, who put dancers on roofs and walls, receives large arts prize legacy from silent film stars.
The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize
Wed., November 2, 2011, NYC
Accepting the Gish Prize: Trisha Brown, dancer, choreographer
Jane Alexander, stage, film and television actress and former NEA chair
Vishakha Desai, president of the Asia Society
Jacqueline Elias, managing director, JPMorgan Chase Bank
Elizabeth Streb, dancer, choreographer, founder of the Streb Lab for Action Mechanics
Jennifer Tipton, acclaimed lighting designer and former Gish Prize recipent
Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art
Performance by: Trisha Brown Dance Company
Les Yeux et l’âme (2011)
Music: Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pygmalion
Les Yeux et l’âme was co-produced by Festival d’Aix en Provence, Holland Festival, Athens Festival, Trisha Brown Company and Les Arts Florissants as part of Pygmalion (2010), directed by Trisha Brown and conducted by William Christie.
The New York arts community will come together to present Trisha Brown with the 2011 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. Valued at close to $300,000, the Gish Prize is one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the arts–a legacy from silent screen stars Dorothy and Lillian Gish. Gish Prize recipients are nominated by the worldwide arts community and selected for their groundbreaking impact in their chosen fields.
Gish Prize recipients have shaped the cultural landscape in drama, music, art, architecture, lighting design, film, and literature. Brown joins an impressive list of past Gish Prize winners including Robert Redford, Ornette Coleman, Chinua Achebe, Laurie Anderson, Frank Gehry and Jennifer Tipton, who will be present to honor Brown.
Trisha Brown changed the idea of what it means to dance, inventing new vocabularies of movement, and blending in the environment, technology and other art forms. Known for breaking dance out from the confines of the stage, Brown presented her choreography in alternative spaces, including on rooftops and walls. The Gish Prize comes as the Trisha Brown Dance Company marks 40 years of dance innovation.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2011
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, Ceremony to begin at 6:30 pm sharp, Reception to follow.
At Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel
145 West 44th Street, New York, New York
Read more about the 2011 Gish Prize/Trisha Brown or visit www.gishprize.com