Spring 2014 Project: The Choreography of Trisha Brown


For immediate release:

Announcement and Audition Call for

Yale Dance Theater’s

Spring 2014 project on

The Choreography of Trisha Brown

Yale Dance Theater is pleased to announce its spring of 2014 project, focusing on the groundbreaking choreography of Trisha Brown.


After emerging in the early 1960s through the collective Judson Dance Theater, Brown moved away from collaborative work to craft a movement style entirely her own. Her choreography circa 1960-2012 charts vivid mental, emotional, and physical images–movement scores that draw on expansive sources, from science, music, literature, and the visual arts to kinesthetic images generated by the body’s own conscious and unconscious thought. From the intimate quality inherent to her style to her innovative compositional methods and performance contexts, Trisha Brown’s choreography has altered our understanding of what dance and performance can be.

Two repertory selections will anchor our research: NEWARK (1987), a piece Brown developed in collaboration with artist Donald Judd, and a selection from her EARLY WORKS (1973-74).


We have a small number of spots available for new members!


Wednesday November 6            5:30 – 6:30 pm             INFORMATION SESSION

BRL; 294 Elm Street

Hosted by YDT student coordinators Karlanna Lewis and Aren Vastola, members of YDT, and Emily Coates, faculty director.

Wednesday December 11            5:30 – 7 pm                         AUDITION

BRL; 294 Elm Street

YDT meets Wednesdays 5:30 – 8:30 pm and Saturdays 12:30 – 3:30 pm throughout the spring semester. The full rehearsal schedule for the spring will be posted on YDT’s website: http://ydt.yale.edu/

Email Emily Coates with questions: emily.coates@yale.edu


About the artist

After graduating from Mills College in Oakland, California, studying with Anna Halprin and teaching at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, Trisha Brown moved to New York City in 1961. Instantly immersed in what was to become the post-modern phenomena of Judson Dance Theater, her movement investigations found the extraordinary in the everyday and challenged existing perceptions of what constitutes performance. In this “hot-bed of dance revolution”, Brown, along with like-minded artists, pushed the limits of choreography thereby changing modern dance forever.


Trisha Brown has created over 100 dance works since 1961, and was the first woman choreographer to receive the coveted MacArthur Foundation Fellowship “Genius Award.” She has been awarded many other honors including five fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, Brandeis University’s Creative Arts Medal in Dance, and she has been named a Veuve Cliquot Grand Dame. In 1988, Brown was named Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the government of France. In January 2000, she was promoted to Officier and in 2004, she was again elevated, this time to the level of Commandeur. She was a 1994 recipient of the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award and, at the invitation of President Bill Clinton, served on the National Council on the Arts from 1994 to 1997. In 1999, Brown received the New York State Governor’s Arts Award and, in 2003, was honored with the National Medal of Arts. In 2011, Brown was honored with the prestigious Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for making an “outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind’s enjoyment and understanding of life.”


For more information visit: http://www.trishabrowncompany.org



About Yale Dance Theater


Yale Dance Theater (YDT) is a faculty-led extracurricular initiative that enables Yale students to work with professional artists on the reconstruction of existing choreography and/or development of new work. YDT is conceived as a practice-based research initiative that allows students to investigate choreographic ideas and their historical context through a rigorous, semester-long rehearsal process, resulting in a final public performance.


As part of the research, YDT dancers regularly post blog entries about their experience. In the final phase of the project, we draw on these writings to develop a print journal. YDT’s mission is to track and contribute to current discourses in dance through an inquiry distinctly grounded in physical experience.


Faculty director: Emily Coates

YDT student coordinators: Aren Vastola & Karlanna Lewis



YDT’s spring 2014 project is sponsored by the Arts Discretionary Fund in Yale College in cooperation with the dance studies curriculum, Theater Studies, and Alliance for Dance at Yale.


Yale  Dance Theater 2014 Project 

Rehearsal Director

Iréne Hultman born in Sweden and based in New York City. From 1983-1988, Hultman was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company where she also worked as rehearsal director 2006-2009. She was the Artistic Director of Iréne Hultman Dance 1988 – 2001, touring nationally and internationally. She has choreographed  several opera productions and received a number of choreographic commissions. Ms. Hultman is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship Award in Choreography and a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Award amongst others. Hultman is the co-founder of Järna-Brooklyn, a Swedish-American cultural entity that encourages artistic experimentation and a founding member of the multi-media collective “Fire Work” in Stockholm.


Eva Albalghiti (DC ‘17) is a prospective Environmental Engineering or Biomedical Engineering major from Silver Spring, MD. She trained in classical ballet and Horton technique at the Metropolitan Ballet Academy in Washington, D.C. In addition to YDT, she also dances with A Different Drum Dance Company and the Yale Ballet Company. She has greatly enjoyed her first year with Yale Dance Theater thus far.

Caroline Andersson is a sophomore in Morse College. She originally studied ballet, but has branched into modern dance. She is also on the Yale Step Team and sings with the a cappella group Proof of the Pudding. She is very excited for this year’s Yale Dance Theater experience!

Lila Ann M. Dodge MA African Studies ’14.  Lila Ann graduated from Smith with high honors in Dance and American Studies in 2009, and subsequently spent ten months in Burkina Faso under a Fulbright Grant.  For her MA at Yale she has continued fieldwork in Burkina, while expanding her investigation of technique and embodiment in contemporary dance training processes to Bénin and the Republic of Congo as well.  Her own movement training includes ballet from age five and through programs with Alonzo King Lines Contemporary Ballet and San Francisco Conservatory of Dance; high school at Idyllwild Arts Academy; extensive practice in various styles of Yoga; Pilates Mat-work teaching certificate in 2002; considerable exposure to Eurythmy, Afro-Brazilian dance, Feldenkrais, Tai-ji; contemporary technique, improvisation and composition in Paris, at American Dance Festival and at Bates Dance Festival; traditional and contemporary dance at the CDC La Termitière in Burkina Faso; extensive study with Sara Shelton Mann, Kathleen Hermesdorf and many others in the Bay Area; company member of Kiandanda Dance Theater, San Francisco and Elm City Dance Collective, New Haven; committed study of Contact Improvisation; and not least, long nights out social dancing in a variety of cultural contexts.  Lila is also, for better or worse, a dogged daily runner, and is more than thrilled to be getting a little better at rock climbing, one fall at a time.

Madeline Duff finds other-worldly joy in dance and plans to keep plié-ing through life, no matter what the future brings. As a senior English/French major in Pierson College, she enjoys plunging into literature and creative writing — and of course, spending time with her friends, the best characters she could ever hope to encounter.

Molly Haig is a senior psychology major in Davenport College. She trained for 12 years at CAS Ballet Theatre School in Ann Arbor Michigan. At Yale, she dances with A Different Drum Dance Company, takes classes at New Haven Ballet, and has recently discovered the joy of swing and blues dancing. She also plays clarinet in the Yale Concert Band and loves to draw. This is her third year in YDT.

Indrani Krishnan-Lukomski, May 6th 1993. I spent my first seven years in Singapore and then moved to the South of France. I was thus exposed to different dancing traditions, although it really became a component of my life in high school. I am a junior in Jonathan-Edwards majoring in Sociology.

Karlanna Lewis, whose dreams include becoming a bird, is in her first year at the Yale Law School and also dances with the Yale Ballet Company. Ms. Lewis earned an honors B.A. in Russian and Creative Writing from Florida State University in 2011, with an honors thesis in poetry and minor in computer science. At Florida State Ms. Lewis was selected as an Outstanding Senior Scholar, and as a graduate student was a 2011-12 Rhodes Scholar Finalist. A native of Tallahassee, Florida, she was a principal dancer for the Pas de Vie Ballet from 2007 through 2011 and led an honors service project teaching dance to local schoolchildren. She has trained in classical ballet at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Houston Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Joffrey Ballet schools. Uniting her passions for the arts and the environment, in 2011 Ms. Lewis founded the non-profit Dancearth, an arts for social change initiative celebrating movement and the earth in which we move. She hopes to eventually become a university professor and continue dancing as long as possible.

 Jessica Miller (CC ‘15) is a Theater Studies major from Rock Hill, South Carolina. She studied ballet for thirteen years and attended the American Ballet Theater summer intensive in New York. She later pursued acting at the Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities. At Yale she is involved in theatrical productions, experimental troupe Control Group, and now Yale Dance Theater. She is excited to be returning to dance!

Issa Saunders (ES ‘15) is a Political Science major from Nassau, Bahamas. A lifelong dancer, she has trained extensively in ballet, modern, and jazz in her hometown and at the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, FL. She performs and choreographs with Yale’s A Different Drum Dance Company, Groove Dance Company, and now Yale Dance Theater. She is enjoying her first year with YDT!

Christine Shaw is a senior Theater Studies major from Athens, Georgia. She’s focused her studies at Yale in acting, playwriting and dance. She is the current Artistic Director of A Different Drum Dance Company, a modern dance group on campus. She grew up dancing at a little dance studio in the middle of a cow field in Georgia and was shocked and thrilled her freshman year to find all the brilliant choreography in the world. She loves to be on stage in all forms and plans on finding some way to write/devise/act in work when she heads into the world beyond Yale next year. She does far too much theater with her life so has never been able to dance with Yale Dance Theater and is so so very thrilled to be with the program for her last year here!

Holly Taylor began dancing with East Side Ballet Studio in Providence, Rhode Island, later joining its associate youth dance and choreography company, JUMP! Dance Company. With JUMP! she performed site-specific work at various venues including Roger Williams Park Zoo and the RISD Museum, participated in children’s festivals including New York City’s Summer in the Parks series, and performed original full-length ballets and repertories co-choreographed by the company. She is now a potential Psychology major at Yale. This is her first semester with Yale Dance Theater, and she is thrilled to be a part of the group and its work.

Naomi Roselaar is a Freshman from Appleton, Wisconsin where she studied ballet and modern while dancing with the Makaroff Youth Ballet Company.  At Yale, Naomi dances with A Different Drum Dance Company, volunteers with HAPPY, and is a member of the TEDxYale Team.  This is her first year in YDT.

Aren Vastola (BK 2014) is a Theater Studies major with interests in dance writing, dance studies, and practice as research. He is thrilled to be participating in Yale Dance Theater for a fourth time, as a dancer and student coordinator. Aren studied ballet and modern dance in his hometown of Sitka, Alaska, and at multiple summer intensive programs. He dances and choreographs with A Different Drum Dance Company at Yale, and has presented work at the Bates Dance Festival. Aren thanks Yale Dance Theater for broadening and diversifying his dance experience through continued challenges and discoveries.