Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Tuesday, November 6 thru Saturday, November 10, 2018
Tuesday, January 29 thru Saturday, February 2, 2019
Tuesday, February 26 thru Saturday, March 2, 2019
New York-born choreographer, dancer, and director Camille A. Brown is reinventing dance for the modern age. Working at the crossroads of theater and politics, Brown rejects one-dimensional cultural narratives of African-American identity, mixing ancestral stories and pop culture references to examine aspects of black existence that have been revised, appropriated, or silenced. Since forming her own company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, in 2006, Brown has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Doris Duke Artist Award, and multiple Bessie Award nominations for her bold and timely work.
In 2018/2019, Duke Performances will become the first presenter to stage Brown’s entire trilogy on black identity, comprising ink (2017), BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015), Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012), over the course of a single season. Leading up to each of these performances, Brown and her dancers will take part in a variety of engagements, including dance classes, public conversations, social dance events, and visits to local high schools — providing the Duke campus and Durham community an opportunity to explore, in a deep and sustained way, the work of this visionary artist at the vanguard of American dance.
Made possible, in part, with support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources; South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.