When Trisha Brown's “Foray Forêt” begins, dancers look like shadows against a purple backdrop until the stage fades in to light. We see intricate, gentle, movements: slight inclines of the head, swinging arms, brief transfers of weight between the group. They are done with great precision, sometimes independently and sometimes remarkably synchronized. “Foray Forêt” was choreographed in 1990, and Brown said she was trying to tap into her subconscious to create simplified, intimate gestures. It was one collaboration of many with Brown's good friend and creative partner Robert Rauschenberg (he did the visual design and the costumes) and was recently brought back to the stage, along with their “Astral Converted,” for the Trisha Brown Dance Company's 50th anniversary season at the Joyce Theater.
Trisha Brown Dance Company in “Foray Forêt” by Trisha Brown. Photograph by Stephanie Berger