- Date:1973 / Later copy, 2010
- Technique:Gelatin silver print on paper
- Dimensions:Image: 17,8 x 24,9 cm / Support: 22,8 x 30,8 cm
- Edition/serial number:4/5
- Category: Photography
- Entry date:2012
- Register number:AD06601
This image was taken by Babette Mangolte, photographer and film-maker who intensely devoted herself to documenting the New York performing arts scene during the sixties and seventies, a time when artists became aware of the need to record these ephemeral events in an elaborate and systematic manner. One of the main targets of her camera was the dancer and artist Trisha Brown, who is seen performing one of her choreographies in this photograph and which uses the architecture of the city as the main visual and stage element. Woman Walking Down a Ladder (1973/2010) belongs to a set of works from the beginning of her career based on capturing the motion of walking in a vertical plane achieved by a series of attached ropes. These performances are the result of a series of experiments tried out in the Judson Dance Theater. The use of improvisation, chance, as well as objects and motions related to everyday movements, were some of the things employed to question the narrative and theatrical illusion of Modern Dance. In this particular case, the ordinary action of walking or descending a staircase becomes a challenge to gravity and a reflection on the weight (heavy or light) of the dancer's body, as elements of dance itself engaged in a dialogue with experimentation on a vertical plane, which is related to the visual arts.
Trisha Brown : danse, précis de liberté : exposition du 20 juillet au 27 septembre 1998, Centre de la Vieille Charité, Marseille / [coordination de l'exposition et du catalogue par Michèle Doucet et Marie-Sophie Boulan].Brown, Trisha ( 1936-)[Marseille] : Musées de Marseille ; [Paris] : Réunion des musées nationaux, D.L. 1998.
Move : choreographing you : [Hayward Gallery, London, 13 October 2010-9 January 2011 ; Haus der Kunst, Munich, 10 February-15 May 2011 ; Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 16 July-25 September 2011] / edited by Stephanie Rosenthal ; with essays by Susan Leigh Foster, André Lepecki, Peggy Phelan.London : Hayward, 
Trisha Brown : so that the audience does not know whether I have stopped dancing : [Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, April 18-July 20, 2008] / edited by Peter Eleey ; essays by Philip Bither and Peter Eleey.Brown, Trisha ( 1936-)Minneapolis : Walker Art Center, 
Agotar la danza : performance y política del movimiento / André Lepecki ; traducción, Antonio Fernández Lera.Lepecki, André.[La Coruña] : Centro Coreográfico Galego ; [Barcelona] : Mercat de les Flors ; [Alcalá de Henares] : Aula de Danza Estrella Casero, Universidad de Alcalá, 
Gluts : Robert Rauschenberg : [exposición / organizada por] Susan Davidson y David White ; textos, Susan Davidson, Mimi Thompson, Trisha Brown].Rauschenberg, Robert ( 1925-2008)New York : Guggenheim Museum Publications ; Bilbao : FMGB Guggenheim Bilbao,