21 Mar 2013

“Man Walking Down the Side of a Building”

“Man Walking Down the Side of a Building” is one of Trisha Brown’s most fascinatingly simplistic works, originally created and performed by the dancer herself in the 1970s. Experience this unique work immediately before Royce Hall opens for the Trisha Brown Dance Company: Program A, featuring four acclaimed proscenium choreographies from the dance icon.”

Amelia Rudolph, choreographer, performer and founder/artistic director of Los Angeles-based BANDALOOP will perform the piece for CAP UCLA’s presentation. The movement entails a dancer—geared with specialized rigging—to simply walk face forward over the edge of a building and stroll down its side on the horizontal plane. The audience will gather at the foot of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center (home of UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture) near Richard Serra's 2006 sculpture "T.E.U.C.L.A." (Torqued Ellipse UCLA). 

“Man Walking” has also been presented at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis and performed by such dance greats as Stephen Petronio and Elizabeth Streb. 

Stephen Petronio performing "Man Walking Down the Side of a Building" as part of the Whitney Museum's "Off the Wall: Part 2. Seven Works by Trisha Brown" in 2010

A pioneer in vertical dance performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography and the art of climbing to turn the dance floor on its side. Founded by choreographer and artistic director Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP’s work has been presented in theaters and museums, on skyscrapers, bridges, billboards and historical sites, in atriums and convention halls, in nature on cliffs, and on screen. BANDALOOP honors nature, community and the human spirit by bringing dance to new audiences, activating public and natural spaces, and re-imagining what dance can be. BANDALOOP has worked closely with CAP UCLA and the Trisha Brown Dance Company to produce and construct the interpretation of “Man Walking” for The Retrospective Project and will also be applying rigging expertise to the performance.  

The Broad Art Center is located in the northeastern part of the UCLA campus, just south of Sunset Boulevard, and west of Hilgard Avenue. The nearest parking is at pay-by-space spots in structure P3. The Broad Art Center is also within easy and pleasant walking distance of Royce Hall and Parking Structure 5, which will open early for this event.

*There will be a preview performance/dress rehearsal of "Man Walking" for the UCLA campus community on Wed, Apr 3 at 11:50 am. 

The presentation of Trisha Brown Dance Company: The Retrospective Project is supported in part by the James A. Doolittle Endowment, the Roslyn Holt Swartz and Allan J. Swartz Endowment for the Performing Arts and the Royce Center Circle Endowment Fund.
The Retrospective Project also is made possible by:
Bucky Hazan, Joe and Deborah Mannis, Bradley Tabach-Bank and the UCLA Arts Initiative Award