When first developing "Set and Reset" in 1983, Trisha Brown knew that she wanted the work to be a collaboration. Right away, Brown decided she wanted interdisciplinary artist Laurie Anderson to create a score, and being that both were also talented visual artists, Brown figured that they could actually complete the entirety of the work together, covering costumes and set design, as well. This is what she planned to tell her board when first announcing the idea; However, upon their initial meeting, before she could even explain her full plan, Brown's chairman spoke up: "Who is going to do the set?" Robert Rauschenberg asked. "Well, you are!" Brown replied on a whim.
Trisha Brown in “Set and Reset” (1983). Performed as a work in progress at Den Nationale Scene, Bergen, Norway, June 8, 1983. Photograph by Trygve Schønfelder, courtesy Trisha Brown Archives.
One way to get to know the history of a company is through the “liner notes” of its “Swan Lake” production, and for those of us continuing to build an admiring familiarity with Pacific Northwest Ballet via its digital season offerings, Kent Stowell and Francia Russell’s “Swan Lake” provides an interesting glimpse into PNB prior to Peter Boal’s leadership.FREE ARTICLE