The High Line Plays Host to the 40th Anniversary of Trisha Brown’s Roof Piece

Trisha Brown's Roof Piece originally performed in 1971

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Trisha Brown’s Roof Piece, the seminal work was recreated along rooftops adjacent to The High Line. Originally performed in 1971, Roof Piece consists of nine dancers situated on different rooftops, each within sight of the next dancer in the line. The first dancer begins the performance by improvising movements that are emulated by the next dancer on the nearest roof. Each dancer continues this pattern, creating a natural progression of the original movement like an physical game of telephone. Halfway through the performance the sequence reverses direction.

Trisha Brown moved to New York City in 1961 and became instantly immersed in the Judson Dance Theatre. In 1970, Brown formed her company and made the groundbreaking work, Man Walking Down the Side of a Building, one of the many site-specific works created in, around and hovering over the streets and buildings of her SoHo neighborhood. Her first of many collaborations with Robert Rauschenberg, Glacial Decoy, premiered in 1979, followed by Set and Reset in 1983 with original music by Laurie Anderson. Ms Brown has created nearly 100 dance works since 1961 and was the first woman choreographer to receive the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Other honors include two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, a New York State Governor’s Arts Award, and the National Medal of Art.

Trisha Brown’s Roof Piece will be performed today, Saturday June 11th at 5:00pm and 7:00pm on rooftops of buildings along the southern end of The High Line between West 13th and Gansevoort Streets. Roof Piece is approximately 30 minutes in duration and is presented by Trisha Brown Dance Company, Friends of the High Line, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information log onto

Two dancers performing Trisha Brown's Roof Piece

Four dancers performing Trisha Brown's Roof Piece

A dancer performing Trisha Brown's Roof Piece

Trisha Brown after the 40th anniversary performance of Roof Piece

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