Camille A. Brown and Dancers

For more information about the
Camille A. Brown Dancers, please visit www.camilleabrown.org

The winner of a 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Award, Camille A. Brown and Dancers will perform at the Diana Wortham Theatre Thursday & Friday, February 16 and 17, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Ms. Brown is a versatile dancer and choreographer whose works range from light-hearted to spiritually based, from politically-charged to the personal. In addition to its evening performances, the company leads several educational and community residency activities during its Asheville visit.

Been There, Done That. Photo: Matt Karas

Performances will include selections from: “Mr. Tol E. Rance,” the Bessie Award-winning piece that launched Ms. 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,” centered on the rhythms and sounds of traditional African instruments, and travels through time with elements of blues, hip-hop, jazz, and swing; and “New Second Line,” dedicated to the spirit and culture of New Orleans.

Fana Fraser (left) and Beatrice Capote in a scene from “Black Girl: Linguistic Play.”
Photo: Christopher Duggan

The company will also offer a student matinee performance for students and families on February 17 at 10 a.m. These performances are designed for school groups, homeschoolers, community groups, and families.

A prolific choreographer, Ms. Brown has earned multiple 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.

The entrance for the Diana Wortham Theatre is marked by the location of the theatre’s marquee between 12 and 14 Biltmore Avenue. Enter via the breezeway between Marble Slab Creamery and White Duck Taco to the theatre’s lower lobby and box office.

Additional Events

Community Workshop

February 16 at 4 p.m. at the Arthur R. 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 Discussion

February 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.

Discussion with poet, artist, and community activist Dewayne Barton: “Using Art to Engage Communities.” Discussion takes place at The Block on Biltmore, 39 S. Market St., at the corner of Eagle and Market Sts., 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 ID $10), call the box office at (828) 257-4530 or visit www.dwtheatre.com.

 

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