The Hobart and William Smith Dance Department will welcome Camille A. Brown and Dancers for a week-long residency on Sept. 25-30.
During the six-day teaching and performing residency which includes public events, acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown will present new work from her identity-based choreographic trilogy, which includes “Mr. TOL. E. RAncE” (2013), “Black Girl Linguistic Play” (2015) and the work in progress “ink.” Among her numerous honors, Brown is a four-time Princess Grace Award winner, a 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, a Guggenheim Fellow, a TED Fellow and a Doris Duke Artist Award recipient.
Her company received a 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work “Mr. TOL E. Rance” and a Bessie Award nomination for “Black Girl: Linguistic Play.” She also has numerous theatre credits, including choreography for Broadway productions including Jonathan Larsen’s “tick, tick…BOOM!” staring Lin Manuel Miranda.
Brown writes that her “works are deeply historically informed, while using elements of Black history to create innovative, resonant work that brings out hidden lineages and plays with unexpected aesthetic connections. Gestural vocabulary and time travel collide and draw on the rhythmic and ritualistic history of African Diaspora social dances and traditions.”
Brown’s choreography often combines dance, music, body and instrument to showcase movement as a cultural phenomenon and social justice platform. Drawing on the history of social dance from Juba to game playing to Hip-Hop, Brown’s work in progress “ink,” features seven dancers and musicians Juliette Jones, Allison Miller and Wilson R. Torres performing live. The dance concert concludes with “New Second Line” from 2006, Brown’s loving celebration of the spirit and culture of New Orleans.
While in residence, Camille A. Brown and Dancers will offer master classes in dance technique and lead explorations in movement as a vehicle for the depiction of race, politics, gender and cultural identity through the African American lens.
On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Brown will engage audience members in a lecture/discussion: “Artist as Activist: Dance as Social Activism” from 10:20-11:45 a.m. in Deming Theatre.
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, company member Juel Lane will teach a workshop in social dance forms from 11:50 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Deming Theatre, while on Thursday, Sept. 28, company member Timothy Edwards will lead a second workshop in Social Dance Forms from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Studio 104.
All lectures and workshops are open to the public at no charge. For further information and/or reservations, please contact Professor and Chair of Dance Cynthia Williams at (315) 781-3495 or Williams@hws.edu.
The residency concludes with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 in Deming Theatre, with each performance followed by an artist-audience talk back session. Each night will feature performances of the work in progress “ink” and “New Second Line.” Tickets for the performance will be available in the Gearan Center box office from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, or at the box office beginning one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are $10 general admission, and $5 for seniors, children or non-HWS Colleges’ students.
This residency is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. The presentation of Camille A. Brown and Dancers was made possible by 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, and the support of New York DanceForce, a NYSCA partner.