Summer is coming soon, and we hope you can join us in the studios for our annual Summer Intensive!

June 12-16 & June 19-23
New York City
Opal Loop / Cloud Installation #72503 (1980) Photo: Julieta Cervantes

Join us for two weeks of classes in New York City!

June 12-16 & June 19-23
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, NYC 10002 
12:00-2:00pm - Warm Up Class 
2:30-6:00pm - Technique and Repertory Workshop

WEEK 1: June 12-16, 2017 Warm Up classes will be led by TBDC alum Mariah Maloney, followed by a workshop by current dancer Jamie Scott. This week will focus on Trisha Brown's iconic solo Locus (1975). This session will use Locus as a departure point to explore several facets of Trisha's work. We will begin with the simple solo form to identify a language of movement that utilizes weight, directional intention, thrust and counter-thrust, and rhythmic play. We will carry this into the Locus trio form to build connections across bodies and play with the improvisational structure Trisha built. Finally we will blow out our Locus "cubes" and build movement through stretching the form into different spacial patterns and relationships to other bodies, learning to follow our instincts as we source the material to set up obstacles and improvise our way around, over, under, or through them.

Week 2: June 19-23, 2017 Starting with Warm Up classes with TBDC alum and former rehearsal director  Iréne Hultman, Week 2 will feature an afternoon workshop with TBDC alum Lance Gries. This week will focus on framing Trisha Brown's work as "task", starting with material from Brown's Early Works and concluding with selections from the Valiant Cycle, including Solo Olos (1976) and Newark (Niweweorce)(1981). We will examine the space and tension between the demands of task as "natural"' and yet technically informed. What are the qualities of working with task that informs our technique, our awareness and performance quality? How does task inform Brown's development of vocabulary?

Fee: $280 per week.
nts taking both weeks may register at a discounted rate of $520!

Participants can take one or both weeks, and all participants must be 18 or older. No partial days. 

Click here for a registration form. For additional questions please visit or contact Nico Brown, Director of Education, at    

Summer Intensive 2015.
Images by Scott Shaw.

Instructor Biographies 
Mariah Maloney is a choreographer, performer, improviser and teacher located in Brooklyn, New York. She performed with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (1995-2002), creating original roles in Trisha Brown's Music cycle including: Twelve Ton Rose, L'Orfeo, Canto Pianto, Five Part Weather Invention, Rapture to Leon James and Groove and Countermove. Maloney has enjoyed investigating and performing Set and Reset, Newark, Astral Converted, For M.G.: The Movie, Group Primary Accumulation, Interlude Rage and Ladder solos among others. Today she enjoys her ongoing relationship with TBDC. Recent engagements with the company include directing restaging projects, teaching workshops and classes, serving as Dance Magazine author and appearing as a guest with the company. Maloney recently lead a Trisha Brown workshop in Buenos Aires, Columbia College Chicago Dance Center premiered Mariah's re-staging of Set and Reset/Reset and Theatre Academie Helsinki has engaged Mariah to lead repeat workshops and lecture demonstrations focused on Trisha Brown's work. Mariah creates solo and group work from the sensing body accessing movement scores and choreography through improvisation. Mariah Maloney Dance presented an evening of work at the Jacob's Pillow Inside/Out International Dance Festival and engages in residencies across the United States. Recent residencies include the Marlin Miller Artist Residency at Alfred University and residency at Salem State University. In New York Mariah Maloney Dance is produced at La MaMa; The Kitchen; Judson Church; Danspace Project; Brooklyn Museum of Art, Dixon Place. Recent international engagements include CoCoA datei International Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Centro Danza Teatro, Santiago, Chile; DanceHouse Dance Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. Maloney is dedicated to cultivating ease, articulation, and buoyancy inside the dance practice. Tenure with Trisha Brown as well as Mariah's curiosity and study of the Alexander Technique and Body-Mind Centering inform her investigations and teaching. Maloney earned a BFA from Purchase College and an MFA from Hollins/ADF. Mariah is an Associate Professor of Dance at The College at Brockport Department of Dance where she enjoys working with undergraduate and graduate dance majors.

Jamie Scott is from Great Falls, Virginia and  began her professional training at the Washington School of Ballet. She attended Barnard College and graduated Cum laude in 2005. Jamie worked with Merce Cunningham as a member of the Repertory Understudy Group beginning in 2007 and joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 2009. In 2012 Jamie began dancing with the Trisha Brown Dance Company. She has also worked with Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, Ana Isabel Keilson, the Merce Cunningham Trust and Silas Reiner. Jamie teaches technique and master classes for both the Trisha Brown Dance Company and Merce Cunningham Trust. She is Merce Cunningham Fellow 2014 and a Princess Grace Awards winner, 2014-2015.

Iréne Hultman 
was born in Sweden and is 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 from 2006-2009.  In this role, she installed Trisha Brown's Early Works at Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Centre George Pompidou, and Les Tuileries to name a few.  She was the Artistic Director of Iréne Hultman Dance from 1988 - 2001. Her company received national and international recognition and premiered work at The Joyce Theater with Black Tie Optional (2001), Nordic Love Act 2 (1998) and  Cascade (1996) and at Danspace Project in NYC, Love Betrayal and a Bowling Trophy (2000), Tango-Babe (1995),  Red Cap (1992).  She  choreographed seven opera productions including Mozart's  Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute for Drottningholm's Palace Theater in Stockholm and  new operas like  Sport och Fritid at The Royal Swedish Opera.  Her commissions have included  Firebird for Gothenburg Opera Ballet and  I find  comfort for Pina Bausch Company 2 (FTS).  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.  She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in  choreography and a Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Award and support from The Jerome Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the American Scandinavian Foundation and Meet the Composer.  In 2010, she curated Movement within Stream, the first dance event to ever be performed at Storm King Art Center.  Ms. Hultman continues to foster her  interests in research and collaborations between artistic fields and across continents. She serves on The Bessie Committee and the Danspace Project's Artist Advisory Board.

Lance Gries From 1985-1992, Lance Gries was a member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company. His work with that company has been honored with a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award and a Princess Grace Foundation Award. Since 1990, he has created and presented solo and group choreography in various venues in New York City such as the Kitchen, Danspace, La MaMa Experimental Theater, and The State Theater, as well as cities throughout Europe. His solo evening, Etudes for an Astronaut was nominated for a 2011 New York and Performance "Bessie" award for best dance production. He is the recipient of a 2014 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship in support of, IF Immanent Field and was a 2017 resident of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Mr. Gries is a renowned teacher, having taught workshops and master classes throughout the world. In 1994 he was a "founding teacher" of PARTS in Brussels, Belgium and continues there as a visiting teacher. Lance's pedagogical approach is featured in a book on methodology published by Tanzplan Deutschland under the title of "Aspects of Release and Alignment Oriented Techniques."

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