- 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.
[San Francisco] : Microcinema, 
Gluts : Robert Rauschenberg : [exhibition / organized by ] Susan Davidson and David White ; essays, Susan Davidson, Mimi Thompson, Trisha Brown].Rauschenberg, Robert ( 1925-2008)New York : Guggenheim Museum Publications, 
7 easy pieces / Marina Abramovic ; photographs by Attilio Maranzano ; film stills by Babette Mangolte.Abramovic, Marina ( 1946-)Milan : Charta, 2007.
[Houston] : Artpix, 2004.
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.