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Archiving the Gesture: An Evening with the Trisha Brown Archive

Archiving the Gesture (2019). Curator Amye McCarther with presenters Stuart Shugg, Shelley Senter, Cori Olinghouse, Anne Boissonnault and Benjamin Houtman. Photograph by Stuart Comer.

The Archivists Round Table (ART) is pleased to announce Archiving the Gesture an expanded lecture demonstration exploring evolving practices around the archiving and transmission of the artistic works of choreographer and dancer Trisha Brown, co-presented with the Trisha Brown Archive, in collaboration with former archive director and company member Cori Olinghouse, and former company member Shelley Senter.

Through her Archiving the Gesture lecture, Olinghouse will map Brown’s interdisciplinary mind in movement, revealing the kinds of documentation that have emerged to encapsulate Brown’s elusive, improvisational approach to moving. Through a series of improvisations, Senter will adapt a selection of Brown’s early works in an exploration of the body as an archive. Together, they will re-imagine the concept of a performance archive, in a space between documentation and embodiment. Current TBDC archivists Anne Boissonnault and Benjamin Houtman will conclude with a discussion exploring the tensions that arise between Brown’s interdisciplinary, ephemeral, and process-driven body of work, and the archival processes that aim to preserve it.