Photo by Whitney Browne

Camille A. Brown is the recipient of the 2016 Jacob's Pillow Award, a three time Princess Grace Award winner (2016 Statue Award, Choreography, and Works in Progress), 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, 2015 USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 TED Fellow, and 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient. She is a prolific choreographer making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective and leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, that connect history with contemporary culture.

 

Her work has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (2 works), Philadanco!, Complexions, and Urban Bush Women, among others.  Her theater credits include Broadway’s A Streetcar Named Desire (2012), Fortress of Solitude (The Public Theater, Lucille Lortel “Outstanding Choreographer” Award Nominee), Stagger Lee (DTC), Cabin in the Sky (NY City Center Encores!), Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick...BOOM! (NY City Center Encores! Off-Center) starring Lin Manuel Miranda, and the upcoming musical BELLA: An American Tall Tale, among others. Ms. Brown has performed at the 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada and given talks at both TEDxBeaconStreet and TEDxEsteeLauderCompanies this year.

 

Currently, Ms. Brown is developing a new piece with the working title “ink.” . Drawing on the history of social dance from Juba to game playing to hip hop and gestural work, CABD will embody rhythmic choreography that examines Hip Hop through the lens of Black youth culture, and its influence on current political responses to socioeconomic injustice.

 

Initiatives: The Gathering, an annual open forum for intergenerational Black female artists to advocate for greater cultural equity and acknowledgement in the contemporary dance world; and BLACK GIRL SPECTRUM (BGS), a multi-faceted community engagement initiative that seeks to amplify the cultural and creative empowerment of Black girls and women through dance, dialogue, and popular education tools. On June 4, 2016, BGS will have its inaugural symposium with the theme “Social Dance for Social Change” at The National Black Theatre in Harlem, NY.

 

Publication: 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

Photo by Whitney Browne