Camille A. Brown: A visual history of social dance in 25 moves
Camille A. Brown - Choreographer and educator
Camille A. Brown leads her dance company through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, that connect history with contemporary culture. Full bio
that emerges from a community.
by any one person.
that everyone can agree on,
and their creative identity.
traditions influenced our history.
from enslaved Africans' experience
to remember where they're from.
the slave owners' ban on drumming,
with drums in Haiti
of West Africa.
cultural traditions alive
that created this dance:
of Southern high society --
to throw shade at the masters.
was performed for the masters,
they were being made fun of.
improvisation and musicality,
near Charleston, South Carolina,
the freedom to kick their heels
community and connection;
can be traced back to the 19th century,
by Chubby Checker and Dick Clark.
took on even more visibility,
to evolve, grow and spread.
About the speaker:Camille A. Brown - Choreographer and educator
Camille A. Brown leads her dance company through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, that connect history with contemporary culture.
Why you should listen
Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer, making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective.
The artistic director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Brown is a four-time Princess Grace Award winner, 2016 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award recipient, 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, 2015 USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 TED Fellow and 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient. Her company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, received a 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012) and recently received a 2016 Bessie Nomination for Outstanding Production of her work, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015).
Brown's work has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco!, Complexions and Urban Bush Women, among others. Her theater credits as Choreographer include Broadway's A Streetcar Named Desire, Fortress of Solitude (Lucille Lortel Nomination), Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, Cabin in the Sky for New York City Center Encores!, Jonathan Larson's tick, tick...BOOM! starring Lin Manuel Miranda, and BELLA: An American Tall Tale, among others.
Brown is the founder of two initiatives, The Gathering and BLACK GIRL SPECTRUM (BGS). As a teacher, she seeks to amplify cultural and creative empowerment through dance, dialogue, and popular education tools.
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