Camille A. Brown and Her Company
Camille A. Brown and Dancers arrive in Asheville, NC to showcase their repertory including selections from: “Mr. TOL. E. RAncE”- the Bessie Award-winning dance piece that launched Camille Brown’s career and includes performance to live piano.
“Black Girl: Linguistic Play” – a duet that uses the rhythmic play of African-American dance vernacular to evoke childhood memories of self-discovery; “Ink”-using the rhythms and sounds of traditional African instruments as its center, travels through time with elements of Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Swing; and “New Second Line”-which is dedicated to the spirit and culture of New Orleans.
About Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has achieved multiple accolades and awards for her daring works that connect history with contemporary culture. Informed by her music background, she utilizes musical composition as storytelling and makes a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black Female perspective. Brown is the recipient of the 2016 Princess Grace Award, 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, 2015 USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, 2015 TED Fellow, and many more awards throughout her career since 2012. Ms. Brown has created pre-show educational and community activities for residents and tourists of Asheville. Camille created 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 educational tools. We love the community outreach because there are many of our underserved Asheville youth that has no access to enriching creative experiences. We thank you, Camille, for understanding this need in our community.
Educational and Community Residency Activities in Asheville:
Community Workshop – February 16, 4:00 p.m. at the Arthur Edington Center (the Reid Center)
Free class for the community. All levels and all ages are welcome. Rooted in the African-American dance vernacular, this workshop celebrates the power of African-American social dance and its impact and influence on American dance forms throughout history. Participants will explore the ways communities used movement as a way of protest, liberation, and/or healing.
Pre-Performance Discussions – February 16 and 17, 7:00 p.m.
Pre-performance discussion with poet, artist and community activist DeWayne Barton: “ Using Art to Engage Communities” from 7:00 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. at The Block on Biltmore, prior to the 8:00 p.m. Camille A. Brown performance each evening. A native of Asheville, Barton is the founder and CEO of Hood Huggers International, an organization that builds community pillars in ‘Affrilachia.’ The Block is located at 39 S. Market St., at the corner of Eagle and Market, just steps from the Rhino Courtyard entrance to the Diana Wortham Theatre. Pre-show discussions are free to ticket holders.
To obtain more information on the Mainstage Series or to purchase tickets (Regular $42; Student $37; Child $20; Student Rush, day-of-the-show with valid I.D. $10) for the February 16 and 17 performances by Camille A. Brown and Dancers at the Diana Wortham Theatre, cal the theatre’s box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.