‘What is so uncomfortable about a black girl playing?’ – Nim Wunnan, Oregon ArtsWatch
“I dare you to look at me.” -Cali Corkran
BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play
Running time 60 minutes, no intermission
TWO EXCITING COMMUNITY EVENTS–FREE TO THE PUBLIC
IMPORTANT– BOTH CLASSES ARE NOW FULL AND AT CAPACITY-SORRY
Each limited to 25-30– RSVP Required
BLACK GIRL DANCE WORKSHOP–Friday, Oct. 14, 3:30-4:30pm
429 SE 6th Ave.
COMMUNITY SOCIAL DANCE WORKSHOP– Saturday, Oct. 15, 3-4pm
446 NE Killingsworth
NO CHARGE BUT RSVP NECESSARY
Email S. Renee Mitchell at email@example.com
DANCE EXPERIENCE NOT NECESSARY FOR THE ABOVE CLASSES!
Thursday and Friday performances are followed immediately by an extended audience conversation with Camille A. Brown focusing on the important themes of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play.
We encourage everyone attending those two nights to stay in your seats for another 30-40 minutes.
Camille A. Brown is an award-winning choreographer who creates emotionally charged dance, filtered through the lens of a modern black female perspective. Set to an original live score, her newest full-evening work, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, reveals the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as an African American woman in a racially and politically charged world.
Sponsored By: CAROL IHLENBURG
Camille A. Brown & Dancers was founded by Ms. Brown in 2006. They present authentic performances that foster dialogue among audiences and local communities. Through story-telling, musicality, and Brown’s vocabulary that fuses African, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Ballet, and Theater, they combine history with contemporary culture. Brown utilizes musical composition as storytelling and makes a personal claim on history, through the lens of a modern black female perspective. In Black Girl: Linguistic Play the female dancers go through different stages of self discovery, representing a nuanced spectrum of black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world.
∙ Camille A. Brown founded Camille A. Brown & Dancers in 2006.
∙ Brown is a graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Performing arts and has a B.F.A from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She has won many awards, the most recent being, 2016 Princess Grace Statue Award, 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, and 2016 Guggenheim Fellow.
∙ Ms. Brown utilizes musical composition as storytelling and makes a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern black female perspective. Her choreography aims to spark cultural curiosity and dialogue and to connect history with contemporary culture.
∙ Styles of Dance: African, Hip-hop, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Ballet, Theater, Social dancing, Double Dutch, Steppin’, Juba, Ring shout, and Gesture.
∙ Her company of dancers is known for their “theatricality, gutsy moves, and virtuosic musicality.” Aside from performing both nationally and internationally, they incorporate dialogue with audiences and students about social issues and the meaning behind the performance through talk backs, residencies and educational outreach.
∙ The show Black Girl: Linguistic Play was inspired by Kyra D. Gaunts book The Games Black Girls Play. Brown explains: “In a society where black women are often only portrayed in terms of their strength, resiliency, or trauma, this work seeks to interrogate these narratives by representing a nuanced spectrum of black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world.” From play to protest the performers come into their identities from innocence to awareness to maturity all while being shaped by their environment.
∙ Live music, original score by composers Scott Patterson (pianist) and Tracy Wormworth (electric bassist) will be played!
∙ “Ms. Brown has never quite created anything as unselfconscious as “Black Girl.” It isn’t cartoonish, it isn’t forced: She’s backed by a sisterhood.” – New York Times Review (Gia Kourlas)
∙ In addition to Camille A. Brown and Dancers educational outreach, in 2014, Ms. Brown also founded two initiatives: The Gathering, an annual open forum for intergenerational Black female artists to advocate for greater cultural equity and acknowledgement in the contemporary dance world; and BLACK GIRL SPECTRUM, a multi-faceted community engagement initiative that seeks to amplify the cultural and creative empowerment of Black girls and women through dance, dialogue, and popular education tools.
∙ Fun Fact: Camille A. Brown has a musical background as a clarinetist.