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Camille A. Brown Trilogy

New York-born choreographer, dancer, and director Camille A. Brown is reinventing dance for the modern age. “Dramatically brilliant, physically exhilarating,” raves The New York Times, “she is clearly a force of nature.” A visionary artist working at the fertile crossroads of theater and politics, Brown rejects one-dimensional cultural narratives of African-American identity. Instead, she mines a complex mix of ancestral stories and pop culture references to examine aspects of black existence that have been revised, appropriated, or silenced altogether. Since forming her own company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, in 2006, Brown has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Doris Duke Artist Award. She and her dancers have become one of this country’s most distinguished ensembles, earning multiple Bessie Award nominations and international acclaim.

During the last decade, Brown has created an essential trilogy of works that redefine black identity within the evolving cultural landscape of this country: Mr. TOL E. RAncE, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, and ink. Her series of three one-week residencies at Duke Performances marks the first time a single presenter has staged this trilogy in its entirety. Separately, the shows function as breathtaking stand-alone pieces; together, they form a striking commentary on perceptions of black identity. A courageous, unified epic expressed through visceral movement and unforgettable storytelling, her trilogy — presented here in reverse order — is at the vanguard of American dance.

 

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