Camille Brown & Dancers

Camille A. Brown and Dancers: BLACK GIRL—Linguistic Play

Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater


Pre-performance talk by Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies Gina Athena Ulysse at 7:30pm in the Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall).

"One of the most powerful representations of Black girlhood I have ever witnessed."
 --Amsterdam News (New York)

Acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown returns to Wesleyan with the Connecticut premiere of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015), which uses the rhythmic play of African-American dance vernacular--double dutch, steppin', tap, Juba, ring shout, social dancing, and gesture--and privileges the black girl gaze to create a nuanced spectrum of black womanhood. With live music by pianist Scott Patterson and bassist Tracy Wormworth.

Click here to watch Camille A. Brown's TEDx talk about the creative process for BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play and the experience that changed the direction of the process and Ms. Brown's performance life on YouTube.

BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play is nominated for a "Bessie" (New York Dance and Performance Award) for “Outstanding Production.” The company previously performed an excerpt of BLACK GIRL as a work-in-progress at Wesleyan in the CFA Theater in July 2014 as part of the Summer at the CFA Series. The company also performed as part of the sold-out DanceMasters Weekend Showcase Performance in the CFA Theater in March 2012. Camille A. Brown was the recipient of the 2012 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award.

Presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.