Completing a trilogy about African-American identity, the prolific choreographer ofÂ Once on this IslandÂ andÂ Jesus Christ Superstar Live!Â weaves together movement styles, storytelling, and traditional African instruments
Award-winning choreographerÂ Camille A. BrownÂ is sharing her latest creation with audiences atÂ OZ Arts NashvilleÂ for two nightsÂ onÂ December 14 &15, 2018.Â inkÂ is the third piece in aÂ trilogy about African-American identityÂ â€“ this one specifically exploring brotherhood and male-female love. Camille A. Brown & Dancers premiered this work late last year at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Nashville audiences wonâ€™t want to miss this exciting combination of dance, storytelling and musical genres from one of the countryâ€™s most acclaimed choreographers.
inkÂ celebrates theÂ rituals, gestural vocabulary, and traditions that remain ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora and reclaims African-AmericansÂ narratives by showcasing their authenticity. In collaboration with music director Allison Miller, percussionist Wilson Torres, violinist Juliette Jones, and composer/pianist Scott Patterson,Â inkÂ celebrates black masculinity and explores the power of everyday gestures.
â€œItâ€™s an honor to host a choreographer as influential and creative as Camille A. Brown here in Nashville,â€ says OZ Arts President & CEO Tim Ozgener. â€œHaving the chance to engage with Camilleâ€™s vibrant work is an extraordinary opportunity for Middle Tennessee audiences to witness one of our nationâ€™s fastest-rising stars.â€
â€œI am thrilled to bring ink to Nashville!â€ said Brown. â€œWe come with love, community, funk, and soul and look forward to joining the Nashville community in celebrating black identity.â€
Using the rhythms and sounds of traditional African and handmade instruments as its center, the work travels through time with elements of blues, hip-hop, jazz, and swing music. This musical landscape embodies its own storytelling. The movement is an amalgamation of African-American social dance, African, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Through self-empowerment, black love, brotherhood, exhaustion and resilience, community and fellowship, ink depicts the pedestrian interactions of individuals and relationships as grounds for accessing oneâ€™s innate superpowers and finding liberation.
In a recent piece about Brown,Â Dance MagazineÂ placed the renowned choreographer in the company of television producerÂ Shonda RhimesÂ and film directorÂ Ava DuVernayÂ as â€œpart of aÂ cultural movement of black female artists who are redefining how African-American stories are told: with humanity, sensitivity, depth and intellectual sophistication.â€
No wonder. Her bold creationsâ€”includingÂ NBCâ€™s Emmy Award-winningÂ Jesus Christ Superstar Live in ConcertÂ and Â Tony Award-winning revival ofÂ Once on This Island,Â fuse ancestral stories and contemporary culture in a way that celebrates, challenges and inspires. She is aÂ four-time recipient of the Princess Grace Award, a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, winner of the Jacobâ€™s Pillow Dance Award, Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and TED Fellow, among other accolades. In addition, her work has been commissioned by theÂ Alvin Ailey American Dance TheaterÂ and others.
Among that work is this dance theatre trilogy about African-American identity, beginning withÂ Mr. TOL E. RAncE in 2012 and BLACK GIRL: Linguistic PlayÂ in 2015.Â inkÂ is the final installation. It is an amalgamation of African-American social dance, African, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop, employing everyday interactions of people and relationships as grounds for â€œaccessing oneâ€™s innate super powers and finding liberation.â€
â€œThe first one was about other peopleâ€™s perceptions of black people,â€ Brown told theÂ New York Times. â€œAndÂ Black GirlÂ was more about the insideâ€”my childhood, my perspective. Where is the black girl joy that I donâ€™t see in the media? How can we bring that to the stage?â€Â ink, which premiered at theÂ John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing ArtsÂ in late 2017, expands to include glimpses of brotherhood and male-female love. After a preview performance, Brown told theÂ Times, an audience member admitted surprise that the two men depicted in inkâ€™s male duetÂ Turf | Super Power: The DabÂ didnâ€™t turn on each other.
â€œIt goes to show what people expect when they see two black men on the stage,â€ she says. â€œI want to show them something different.â€
Lead commissioners ofÂ inkÂ areÂ Peak Performances at Montclair State University, N.J., and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,Â with support from theÂ Lumberyard.Â The presentation of Camille A. Brown & Dancersâ€™Â inkÂ was made possible by the NewÂ England Foundation for the Artsâ€™Â National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers |Â ink
December 14 & 15, 2018
DoorsÂ FridayÂ @Â 7:00 PM;Â SaturdayÂ @Â 6:00 PM
PerformanceÂ FridayÂ @Â 8:00 PM;Â SaturdayÂ @Â 7:00 PM
Run time: 55 minutes
$69 per personÂ (Appropriate for all ages)
Tickets available atÂ www.OZArtsNashville.org
About OZ Arts Nashville
Since opening in 2014, OZ Arts Nashville, a 501(c)(3) contemporary arts center, has changedÂ the cultural landscape of the city. Housed in the former C.A.O. cigar warehouse owned by Nashvilleâ€™s Ozgener family, OZ ArtsÂ brings world-class performances and art installations to the city, and gives ambitious local artists opportunities to work on a grand scale. The flexible 10,000 square-foot, column-free venue, nestled amidst five acres of artfully landscaped grounds, is continually reconfigured to serve artistsâ€™ imaginations, and to challenge and inspire a diverse range ofÂ curious audiences.Â OZ Arts is supported in part by Metro Arts â€“ Nashville Office of Arts + Culture.
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