The monthlong Trisha Brown Retrospective Project crests this weekend with two different performances at UCLA’s Royce Hall, plus outdoor ones at UCLA, the Hammer Museum and the Getty Center. As part of the 1960s post-modern dance movement centered at New York’s Judson Church, Brown enjoyed a 50-year career as a choreographer that defies easy categorization. Long before Cirque du Soleil, in 1970, she harnessed a dancer who bounced and twirled down the side of a building, and tonight at 6 p.m., Man Walking Down the Side of a Building
is re-created with Bandaloop’s Amelia Rudolph performing down the side of UCLA’s Broad Art Center. That free event precedes the first of two proscenium performances at Royce Hall with four dances surveying Brown’s deft eye for movement, wry humor and shifting concerns over five decades. Saturday offers another free event, this time Brown’s 1973 Roof Piece
, with a dozen dancers playing a terpsichorean game of telephone on the rooftops of the Getty Center. Sunday offers another Royce Hall concert with four more dances, and an ongoing installation continues daily at the Hammer. The eponymous Brown, now 76, announced last month that she was withdrawing from her company, turning it over to two long-term associates. That sad announcement injected an unintended literal meaning into this “retrospective.” For a complete list of events, go to cap.ucla.edu/tbdc.
Sat., March 30; Thu., April 4; Fri., April 5; Sat., April 6; Sun., April 7, 2013