Camille A. Brown, choreographer
Scott Patterson, composer and piano
Robin Bramlett, electric bass
Tracy Wormworth, composer

Innovative choreographer Camille A. Brown's BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play draws on the games little girls play to tell a story of black female empowerment. Brown uses African-American vernacular forms—social dancing, Double Dutch, hand-clapping games, ring shout—to explore the self-discovery and playfulness of childhood in a work the New York Times calls "by turns, clever and tender." Brown, a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, has created dances for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Urban Bush Women and is known for imaginative works that address issues of identity and social justice.

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Dec 8–10, 2017

Public Forum
Fri, Dec 8, 3pm
Geballe Room, Stephens Hall

Joining Generations discussion with Camille A. Brown and Prof. Brandi Wilkins Catanese (Depts. of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies and African American Studies), and the Dance Studies Working Group.

Free and open to the public.

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Community Dance Class
Sat, Dec 9, 11am
Bancroft Studio

Social Dance Workshop: Taught by two dancers from Camille A. Brown & Dancers, this interactive class explores the cultural and sometimes political context of African-American social dances—both past and present. Dance styles used to illustrate the impact of social dance in modern culture—and in contemporary dance—include the cakewalk, Lindy hop, bump, hustle, jerk, wobble, and Dlow Shuffle.

$5. Advance registration requested. Capacity is limited.


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BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play Video Highlight Reel
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Program notes are available online. [PDF]

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