Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  79 minutes
Date:  2017
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English; French / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available
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In the Steps of Trisha Brown

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The dancers of the Ballet de l'Opera company of Paris learn to perform choreographer Trisha Brown's seminal 1979 dance 'Glacial Decoy.'

In the Steps of Trisha Brown

A unique figure in the history of contemporary dance, Trisha Brown has inflected its course in crucial ways. Her choices involve letting a certain chaos come inside with grace tied to imbalance and fluency prevailing over choreographic discipline. One of her most representative works, Glacial Decoy, an 18-minute piece created in 1979 with props and costumes by Robert Rauschenberg, has just been included in the Ballet de l'Opera (Paris) repertoire.

Marie-Helene Rebois, one so familiar with the world of dance to be remembered for her emotionally stirring RIBATZ, RIBATZ OU LE GRAIN DU TEMPS, devoted to re-discovering a work by Dominique Bagouet (winner of the FID2003 French Competition) shares this precious moment with us by showing dancers Lisa Kraus and Carolyn Lucas as they pass on their knowledge to those who will be performing this memorable work on Parisian stages. Both women's experience, their intimate knowledge of Trisha Brown's work, not to mention its difficulties and the deeply joyful energy it exudes (who could erase those big smiles from their faces?), transfigure this moment of sharing into a lesson for us. Filmed in such a way as to give the feeling that one single session was just run before our eyes, it is wonderful for us to see, as well as understand, everything at once through the intertwining of every step as it produces such a sharp image of our own bodies.

'[Lisa] Kraus, with fellow teacher Carolyn Lucas, is a disciple of Brown's school of dance, and her centrality to Rebois's film gives it its infectious, unpretentious, accessible likeability. Telling her students just how important paradoxical notions of balance were to Brown's concept of [removed]turning the back leg one way, swaying the arms another), Kraus communicates in an easygoing manner. Rebois matches her methods with an observational eye that is equally unpretentious, allowing the repeated rhythms of the dancers' movements to reveal themselves in long, uninterrupted sequences shot from the corner of the room.' - Michael Pattison, British Film Institute (BFI)


** North American Premiere, 2017 Dance on Camera Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center
** 2017 International Films on Art Festival, Le Louvre Museum
** 2016 Documentary Film Festival Marseille (FID Marseille)
** 2016 Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
** 2016 DocLisboa Documentary Film Festival


Main credits

Rebois, Marie-Hélène (film director)
Charvet, Olivier (film producer)
Germain, Sophie (film producer)
Brown, Trisha (onscreen participant)
Kraus, Lisa (onscreen participant)
Lucas, Carolyn (onscreen participant)

Other credits

Image, Hélène Louvart, Laurent Coltelloni; montage, Jocelyne Ruiz.

Distributor credits

A film by Marie-Helene Rebois
With Lisa Kraus, Carolyn Lucas and the dancers of the Paris Opera Ballet

Docuseek2 subjects

Art and Architecture
Cultural and Ethnic Studies
Women's Studies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
American Studies
Cultural Studies
Women's Studies


trisha brown; dance; ballet; modern; paris; french; lisa kraus; carolyn lucas; trisha brown dance company; marie-helene rebois; "In the Steps of Trisha Brown"; Icarus Films

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