Camille A. Brown and Dancers
February 16 & 17, 2017 • 8:00 p.m.
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Small but mighty is an apt description for spitfire dancer and choreographer Camille A. Brown, who was recently selected as the recipient of the 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, one of dance’s highest honors. Her versatility lends itself to a variety of avenues and effectively showcases her abilities as a dancer and choreographer alongside her talented troupe. Brown’s repertoire, including acclaimed works such as Black Girl Linguistic Play and Second Line, consists of pieces that range from light-hearted to spiritually based to politically charged with a healthy dose of comedic flair. Brown is a stunner, an explosive presence, and the leader of a dedicated company that infuses its dance vocabulary with boundless enthusiasm, finesse, and plenty of heart.
In Asheville the company performs from its repertory including 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”–using the rhythms and sounds of traditional African instruments as its center, travels through time with elements of Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Swing; and “New Second Line”–which is dedicated to the spirit and culture of New Orleans.
Tickets: Regular $42; Student $37; Child $20
Educational and community residency activities in Asheville:
Community Workshop – February 16, 4:00 p.m. at the Arthur 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 Discussions – February 16 and 17, 7:00 p.m.
Pre-performance discussion with poet, artist and community activist DeWayne Barton: “Using Art to Engage Communities” from 7:00 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. at The Block on Biltmore, prior to the 8:00 p.m. Camille A. Brown performance each evening. A native of Asheville, Barton is the founder and CEO of Hood Huggers International, an organization that builds community pillars in ‘Affrilachia.’ The Block is located at 39 S. Market St., at the corner of Eagle and Market, just around the corner from the theatre's entrance. Pre-show discussions are free to ticket holders.
Matinee Series Performance – February 17, 10:00 a.m.
Camille A. Brown and Dancers performs as part of the Matinee Series for Students and Families, with a daytime performance on Thursday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m. These performances are designed for school groups, homeschoolers, community groups, and families. Tickers are available from the box office at 828-257-4530.
The Camille A. Brown and Dancers performances are funded in part by a grant from
South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and
the North Carolina Arts Council.
These performances are also funded in part by the Dance Touring Initiative, a multi-year project to enhance the presentation of modern dance and contemporary ballet for presenters and audiences.