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Camille A. Brown & Dancers commence Northeast Tour‏

Camille A. Brown & Dancers commence Northeast Tour‏

Company:

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Location:

The Bride - 230 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dates:

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 8:00pm
Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 3:00pm
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 8:00pm
Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 8:00pm

Tickets:

$18.75 - $30

Company:
Camille A. Brown & Dancers

CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS TO EMBARK ON NORTHEAST TOUR IN THREE CITIES

Company to visit Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia  

 

NEW YORK, March 13, 2014 - Camille A. Brown & Dancers, recognized for its visceral movement and unflinching approach to comedic and controversial themes, will embark on a 3-city Northeast tour, starting this weekend. The company is to visit Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia in March and April to perform Camille A. Brown’s acclaimed 2013 Mr. TOL E. RAncE, as well as other repertory favorites. The company will be presented by World Music/CRASHarts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston on March 14-15, The Atlas in Washington D.C. onApril 5-6, and Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia on April 11-12. D.C and Philadelphia performances will feature the full version of Mr. TOL E. RAncE and also includes live piano accompaniment by Scott Patterson, playing an original eclectic score—composed by Patterson, Brandon McCune, Jonathan Melville Pratt and Kurt “KC” Clayton.

Mr. TOL E. RAncE has toured throughout the U.S. during 2013 to sold-out audiences from the Whitebird Uncaged Series in Oregon to North Carolina’s American Dance Festival. Prior performances also took place at The Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY, The EGG in Albany, NY, ODC Theater in San Francisco, The Yard in Massachusetts, Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, PA Pennsylvania, and premiered at NYC’s The Kitchen in April of 2013.

“In today’s society we’re all dealing with the same issues one way or another; this connection is what inspires me to create work that promotes understanding and transformation” says choreographer Camille A. Brown. “We’ve been humbled by the impact TOL E. RAncE has had on all generations in the audiences and we are happy to continue the journey within the Northeast region.”

Mr. TOL E. RAncE embodies themes of American history as it celebrates African-American humor and masterfully intertwines comedy, live animation, theater and explosive dance, to examine minstrelsy in its past and even present forms. The piece sheds light on what happens to the human spirit behind the mask, creating a universal dialogue about perception and its influence on all races. The work is heavily influenced by Spike Lee’s film Bamboozled as well as Mel Watkins’ book “On The Real Side” and Dave Chappelle’s “dancing vs. shuffling” analogy.

 

NORTHEAST TOUR SCHEDULE AND PROGRAM INFORMATION

March 14-15, 2014 - Boston, MA

·      Program includes Mr. TOL E. RAncE (Act 1 only), The Evolution of a Secured Feminine, Black Girl (work in progress), The Groove to Nobody’s Business, New Second Line

·      Free pre-performance talks with dance critic Debra Cash 30 minutes prior to curtain in the ICA lobby both evenings

·      Free post-performance Q&A with the company Friday, March 14

April 5-6, 2014– Washington, D.C.

·      Program will present Mr. TOL E. RAncE.

·      Free post-performance Q&A with the company.

April 11-12, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA

·      Program will present Mr. TOL E. RAncE.

·      Free post-performance Q&A with the company and moderators, Dr. James Peterson and Brenda Dixon Gottschild

 

BOSTON, MA

WORLD MUSIC/CRASH ARTS TICKETS AND VENUE INFORMATION

Tickets can be purchased through the World Music/Crash Arts Center - online. Prices for performances are $40 with reserved seating. Performances will run two nights - Friday, March 14, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday March 15, 8:00 p.m.

The Institute of Contemporary Art is located at 100 Northern Ave, Boston, 02210.  Paid parking is available in lots immediately adjacent to the ICA and public transportation is available via the Red Line to South Station. At South Station take the Silver Line to Courthouse stop.

 

WASHINGTON D.C.

ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TICKETS AND VENUE INFORMATION

Tickets can be purchased through Atlas Performing Arts Center - online. Prices for performances are $31.50 in advance, $35.50 at the door and $20 for students. Performances take place Saturday April 5, 8:00p.m. and Sunday April 6, 3:00 p.m.

The Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre is located on the Atlas Performing Arts Center property at 1333 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002. Visitors are highly encouraged to take public transportation. Extensive directions and other information can be found online.

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA

PAINTED BRIDE ARTS CENTER TICKETS AND PERFORMANCE TIMES

Tickets can be purchased through Painted Bride Arts Center - online. Prices for performances range from $18.75 - $30. Performances will run two nights - Friday, April 11 and Saturday April 12, 8:00 p.m.

The Bride is located at 230 Vine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106. Due to limited parking, public transportation is highly encouraged. Septa bus routes No. 17, 33, 44, and 48 run East to West on Market Street and No. 57 runs North on 3rd Street and South on 4th Street. Extensive travel information can be found online.

 

REPERTORY DETAILS

Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2013)

Choreography: Camille A. Brown
Original Music Composed by: Scott Patterson, Brandon McCune, Jonathan Melville Pratt and Kurt “KC” Clayton

Lighting: Burke Wilmore

Costumes: Carolyn Mechka Cherry

Set: Philip Treviño

Animation: Isabela Dos Santos

Video: Stacey Muhammad

Sound: Michael Britto

Dramaturgy: Talvin Wilks and Kamilah Forbes

Theater Coach: J. Michael Kinsey

Length: 50 minutes

 

Camille A. Brown uses sketch comedy, live music, and haunting animation to celebrate the humor and perseverance of the black performer throughout history in Mr. TOL E. RAncE. This evening-length dance theater work also examines stereotypical roles dominating current black popular culture.

 

The Evolution of a Secured Feminine (2007)

Music: Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, Nancy Wilson

Length: 9 minutes

 

This solo work is a portrait of a woman, who bursts into action, creating a witty and humorous portrayal of a character in the midst of vacillating between uncertainty and carefree expression. The candid journey becomes a force with no restrictions, while finding joy in the spontaneity of life and celebrating the limitless gift of being a woman.

 

Black Girl (Work in Progress)

Choreography: Camille A. Brown

Music: Scott Patterson

Set design: Liz Nelson

Dramaturgy: Kamilah Forbes

 

Using Angela Davis’ book, Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday, the writings of bell hooks, Toni Morrison (The Bluest Eye), and Melissa Harris-Perry, and community-based participatory research as inspiration, this work seeks to examine the politics of pleasure, the concept of patriarchy, and contemporary notions of beauty for black women and will also touch on the ambiguity and overlap of these topics.

 

The Groove To Nobody’s Business (2007)

Choreography: Camille A. Brown

Music: Ray Charles and Brandon McCune

Length: 15 minutes

 

Imagining the meeting of strangers on a subway, Brown’s work (commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater) reveals glimpses of humanity in pedestrian movements and ordinary interactions.

 

New Second Line (2006)

Choreography: Camille A. Brown

Music: Rebirth Brass Band

Visual Artist: Moses Ball

Length: 10 minutes

 

Dedicated to the spirit and culture of New Orleans. Inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, this work is a celebration of the spirit and culture of the people of New Orleans. Second Line is a traditional brass band parade for weddings, social events, and most notably, funerals. Those who follow the parade dancing with high energy and spirit are known as the ‘second line’.

 

 

About Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Camille A. Brown & Dancers has been a palpable force in the national concert dance world for over 10 years. Directed with unfailingly clear vision by Camille A. Brown, the company draws upon modern, hip-hop, African and ballet aesthetics to make a personal claim on history through the lens of Brown’s contemporary female perspective. The company’s mission is to present authentic performances that foster dialogue among audience and local communities. The company has performed at The Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, Symphony Space and The Yard.

 

About Camille A. Brown

Camille A. Brown is an award-winning choreographer who blurs the space between theater and dance. Her prolific and vivid choreography entails more than a dozen dance repertory works and has launched her to Broadway’s stages, recently choreographing the 2012 Broadway revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale and the upcoming Off-Broadway show Fortress of Solitude. Brown is a two-time Princess Grace awardee and the 2013 recipient of The International Association of Blacks in Dance Founders Award. She has been commissioned to create works for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Urban Bush Women, Ballet Memphis and Hubbard Street II. Camille A. Brown & Dancers has toured throughout the U.S.

 

Black Girl (working title) 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, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Black Girl was also made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Camille A. Brown is the recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Works in Progress Residency Award, a Joyce Award with DANCECleveland, and she is a 2014 New York City Center Choreography Fellow.

 

The creation and presentation of Mr. Tol E. RAncE is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the New England Foundation for the Arts through the National Dance Project (NDP). Major support for NDP is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation. Support from the NEA provides funding for choreogra­phers in the early stages of their careers. This work was created, in part, during a Creative Development Residency at the Bates Dance Festival and Kingsborough Community College. This work was also funded by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Production residency for this work was supported by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This residency took place at The Grier School and Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts at Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA.

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