CAMILLE A. BROWN & DANCERS
Founded in 2006, Camille A. Brown & Dancers is a Bessie Award-winning, NYC-based dance company that soars through history like a whirlwind. Recognized for an introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues, the work contains high theatricality, gutsy moves, and virtuosic musicality, connecting excavations of ancestral stories and history with contemporary culture. www.camilleabrown.org.
CAMILLE A. BROWN is a prolific choreographer making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective. She leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, that illustrate stories which connect history with contemporary culture. She is a 2017 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, four time Princess Grace Award winner (2016 Statue Award, 2016 Choreographic Mentorship Co- Commission Award, 2013 Works in Progress Residency Award, 2006 Choreography Award), 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, 2015 USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 TED Fellow, 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, and was nominated for the 2015 Lucille Lortel “Outstanding Choreographer” Award (Fortress of Solitude).
Her company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, received a 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work Mr. TOL E. RAncE, and were nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play. In 2017, Ms. Brown premiered her new work, “ink,” the final installation of the company’s dance theatre trilogy about culture, race and identity. Ms. Brown’s work has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco!, Complexions, and Urban Bush Women, among others. Ms. Brown is the Choreographer for The Tony Award Winning Revival of Once On This Island on Broadway. For her work on this show, she also received Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Chita Rivera award nominations. For her choreography on BELLA: An American Tall Tale, Ms. Brown received an AUDELCO award and Lucille Lortel nomination. Her other theater credits include Broadway’s A Streetcar Named Desire, The Wiz, Fortress of Solitude, Stagger Lee, Cabin in the Sky, Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…BOOM! starring Lin Manuel Miranda, among others. Ms. Brown’s TED-Ed talk A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves was chosen as one of the most notable talks of 2016 by TED Curator, Chris Anderson, and has over 15 million views on Facebook and counting.
Created and conceived by Camille A. Brown, the Company’s community engagement platform EVERY BODY MOVE (EBM) works to inspire and incite ambitious collective action fueled by the art of social dance. Initiatives include: Black Girl Spectrum (BGS), Black Men Moving (BMM), The Gathering, EBM Celebration and Creative Action Lab. Publications: Cover of Dance Magazine (April 2018) Cover of Dance Teacher Magazine (August 2015) | Program: Co-Directed (with Moncell Durden) Social Dances: Jazz to Hip-Hop at Jacob’s Pillow in 2015 | Public Speaker: 2015 TED Conference, 2016 TEDxBeaconStreet, 2016 TEDxEsteeLauderCompanies.