Trisha Brown

Modern Dance Practitioners

About Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown was born on the 25th of November 1936 in Aberdeen, Washington, United States. As a child she took classes in ballet, tap jazz and acted out Broadway numbers with her brother.


She attended Mills Collage of creative arts where she received a B.A. degree in dance. After attending a summer in California with Anna Halprin she moved to New York to take a new direction in dance. She joined a composition class led by Robert Dunn and taught at the Reed Collage.

Trisha Brown Watermotor

Trisha Brown in "Watermotor", by Babette Mangolte (1978)


When people first saw Watermotor they where stunned and shocked about how different it was to her previous work. The opening sequence was what drew people in and kept them watching to the end as it was a new begging for her and wanted to see where she would go next with her choreography.

Features Of Her Work

In Trisha Browns works there is a lot of movements where she swings her arms and legs and jumping movements. Her early works where often done to no music and did not follow a story. Although her work looked simple, when it was slowed down you could see the technique needed to execute the quick steps properly in all her pieces. Trisha browns work was always casual and the movements drew from everyday gestures but it was the simplistic look of the dance is what kept people coming back to watch more.

What She Did

She impacted modern dance by doing things that had not been seen before such as dancing without music or any other kind of accompaniment and not having a plot or story line that the dance followed. By not having as much of a structured dance like most other things that where happening around that time.