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10 Artists Respond to Locus (2016)

Trisha Brown dancing, photo by Lois Greenfield

Ten Artists Respond to Locus was a multidisciplinary exchange with dance history inspired by the work of dance pioneer Trisha Brown. In partnership with local curators, Bridge Live Arts (formerly HMD/The Bridge Project) commissioned a diverse group of ten artists to learn Brown’s iconic dance Locus and create new works in response. We presented the ten premieres, in association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, along with a performance by local dancers of Locus itself, in the YBCA Forum Friday October 14 & Saturday, October 15, 2016.

The ten commissioned artists with disciplines and nominating curators were: Xandra Ibarra (performance art/Keith Hennessy); Affinity Project (theater/Erika Chong Shuch); Cheryl Leonard (new music/Pamela Z); Amy Foote (new music/Adam Fong); Peiling Kao (choreography/Dohee Lee); Gregory Dawson (choreography/ YBCA); Larry Arrington (choreography/HMD); Gerald Casel (choreography/HMD); Tracy Taylor Grubbs (visual art/HMD); Frances Richard (poetry/HMD). The dancers who performed Brown’s repertory as part of the program were: Sarah Chenoweth, Hope Mohr, Karla Quintero, and Jenny Stulberg.

Performance History

  • SEPT 10 & 11, 2016: Public Workshop & Audition for Dancers with Diane Madden (SF Conservatory of Dance, San Francisco)

  • SEPT 14, 2016: Public Lunchtime Talk by Diane Madden, Co-Artistic Director, Trisha Brown Dance Company (Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco)

  • SEPT - OCT 2016: Residency for Commissioned Artists (Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco)

  • OCT 2016: Open Rehearsal (YBCA, San Francisco)

  • OCT 14-15, 2016: Public Performances (YBCA, San Francisco)

Curated by: Hope Mohr


Ten Artists Respond to Locus was made possible in part through support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Sakana Foundation.

Header Image: Trisha Brown, photo by Lois Greenfield

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