Free Tate Modern Performance

Set and Reset / Unset

Black and white ph]otograph. Four figures stand together and hold a figure above their heads in a dark anonymous interior.

Trisha Brown Dance Company rehearsing Set and Reset, Version 1 1984/85. Photo © John Waite. Courtesy Trisha Brown Dance Company

Learn more about the process of creating Trisha Brown’s Set and Reset

Presented as part of the gallery display of Set and Reset and in collaboration with Trisha Brown Dance Company, Set and Reset/Unset is a series of informal performances that will provide a rare insight into the core principles and processes that Brown used to create her choreography.

The project builds upon Trisha Brown’s own history of combining spoken-word with movement, and delivering performance lectures where she explained the process of making Set and Reset while her dancers performed on stage.

Set and Reset/Unset draws upon materials from the Trisha Brown Dance Company archive. Dancers perform sections of choreography live using the same parameters that Brown set for her dancers:

  1. Keep it simple (The clarity issue)
  2. Play with visibility and invisibility (The privacy issue)
  3. If you don’t know what to do, get in line (Helping out with downtime)
  4. Stay on the outside edge of the stage (The spatial issue)
  5. Act on instinct (The wild card)

This expanded demonstration will open up the intricate way Brown formed her choreography, the role of the dancer in this process, and the importance of Set and Reset to the history of art.

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Dates monthly from March – August 2022

This performance is in the display Set and Reset by Trisha Brown.

14.00–14.30 and 16.00–16.30 on the following dates:

  • 28 May 2022
  • 29 May 2022
  • 25 June 2022
  • 26 June 2022
  • 30 July 2022
  • 31 July 2022
  • 27 August 2022
  • 28 August 2022

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Supported by

Tate Americas Foundation

The Performance Activation Fund

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  • Tate Modern

    Set and Reset by Trisha Brown

    Until 4 September 2022
    Explore Trisha Brown’s unique choreography and her collaborations with artists