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Archiving the Gesture: Reflections on the Trisha Brown Archive

Written in memory of Trisha Brown as part of the Trisha Brown Portfolio, published in Issue #51 of the Movement Research Performance Journal.

The portfolio weaves together contributions from people with varying relationships to Trisha Brown’s work and her legacy. Contributors consist of people who have worked with her directly as dancers, friends, curators, archivists, as well as people whom she never met. It is through these intersecting points of view that this memorial considers, in ways that are intimate yet expansive, who Brown was as a person, artist, figure, and choreographic icon. While the conversations, essays, and reflections assembled here serve to recognize Brown’s legacy and impact, the portfolio also invites readers to view Brown’s practices and work in the vein of this issue’s inquiry into the contemporary state of movement research.