Camille A. Brown & Dancers to present Connecticut premiere of
of an excerpt from Mr. TOL E. RAncE
Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8pm
CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
$22 general public; $19 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni; $10 students
Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Photo by Matt Karas
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"Brown's combination of dance styles, precision and fluidity, and remarkable musicality were enthralling."
Camille A. Brown & Dancers return to Wesleyan following their sold-out appearance during the DanceMasters Weekend Showcase Performance in March 2012 with the Connecticut premiere of an excerpt from Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012), as well as the work-in-progress Black Girl, which will premiere at The Joyce Theater in New York in 2015.
Drawing on Melissa Harris-Perry's Sister Citizen, the spellbinding photography of Carrie Mae Weems, and the fantastical imagery depicted in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the multimedia work Black Girl depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture.
Inspired by Spike Lee's controversial movie Bamboozled and the book On The Real Side by Mel Watkins, Mr. TOL E. RAncE celebrates the humor and perseverance of the black performer, and examines stereotypical roles dominating current popular black culture. Through comedy, original music, animation, theater, and poignantly retrospective dance vocabulary, the personal work speaks to the issue of tolerance.
Artistic Director Camille A. Brown was the winner of the 2012 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award.
Made possible by a grant from the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Black Girl was commissioned by DANCECleveland through a 2014 Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation.