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Camille A. Brown and Dancers To Perform “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play” March 3–4

February 17, 2015

Performances Headline a Week of Women in Dance March 3–7

Middlebury, VT—Bessie-award winning choreographer Camille A. Brown brings her new work-in-progress “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play” to Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series on March 3–4. The work addresses the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture. Brown’s works will anchor a week of Women in Dance for Middlebury, which will also feature two performances of “Sola” on March 6–7.

Camille A. Brown

Brown is a prolific choreographer whose daring work has garnered impressive accolades, including a Bessie Award, two Princess Grace Awards, two selections to the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the 2014 Joyce Award, a Jerome Foundation 50th Anniversary Grant, and a 2014 New York City Center Choreography Fellowship. Informed by her background as a clarinetist, she creates choreography that utilizes musical composition as storytelling, investigating the silent space within the measure and filling it with mesmerizing movement.

Brown was recently named a TED fellow, making her one of 40 innovators and trailblazers chosen this year to present at the 2015 conference in Vancouver, Canada. This honor necessitated the rescheduling of her Middlebury performances from the previously announced dates of March 17–18 to the new dates of March 3–4.

Camille A. Brown and Dancers

In “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play,” Brown explores a world where black women are often portrayed only in terms of their strength, resiliency, or trauma. “BLACK GIRL” responds with a more full spectrum of the black female, and illustrates the complexity of a racially and politically charged culture. The work uses African American social dancing, rhythmic play, and musical compositions, and draws from Melissa Harris-Perry’s Sister Citizen, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Daniel Silberberg’s Wonderland: The Zen of Alice, and Slide: Games as Lessons in Black Musical Style as resources. “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play” was commissioned by DANCECleveland through a 2014 Joyce Award from the Joyce Foundation. The presentation and production of the work was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, 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.

Brown will share the stage with three emerging, African American choreographers whose works will appear on the second half of the program.

dancer and choreographer Hannah Denae

Fort Worth, Texas native Denae Hannah is a comedian, consultant, and the CEO of the dance and comedy collective DNA Comedy.

dancer and choreographer Johari Mayfield

Johari Mayfield is a choreographer and performer who describes her eclectic work as “double Dutch, meeting Martha Graham, meeting African dance, meeting Edgar Allan Poe, meeting beatboxing.”

dancer and choreographer Afaliah Tribune

Brooklyn-based Afaliah Tribune is a choreographer, rapper, singer, and songwriter who has toured with Rennie Harris Puremovement, Bebe Miller, and VOICES created by Middlebury’s own Philip Hamilton ’82.


Brown’s March 3–4 performances will be presented as part of a week of Women in Dance coordinated by the Middlebury College Dance Program. Later that week, on March 6–7, Middlebury will present “Sola,” an evening of solo dances choreographed for and by women. Curated by University of South Florida (USF) assistant professor Andee Scott, the performances will showcase the work of choreographers from around the country, including Amy Chavasse (Michigan), Tzveta Kassabova (Vermont), Pam Pietro (New York), Mary Williford-Shade (Texas), and Bliss Kohlmyer (Florida). “Sola” is the inaugural performance produced by Dance Linkages, a new organization created by Scott to build a contemporary network of artists connecting within and across disciplines to develop and perform new work. Scott notes, “this performance project is an opportunity to bring together high caliber professional artists to not only produce an evening of stunning dance, but also to create a new model for touring dance that creatively responds to current issues of funding scarcity within the arts.” The performance premiered in Tampa, Florida in August, and and this year’s subsequent tour includes stops in Texas, Michigan, New York, and Vermont.

Camille A. Brown and Dancers will present “BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play” on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 3 and 4, 2015, at 7:30 PM each evening. Tickets are $20 for the general public; $15 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; and $6 for Middlebury College students. Performances of “Sola” will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, 2015, at 8:00 P.M. each evening. Tickets for “Sola” are $12 for the general public; $10 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, alumni, and emeriti; and $6 for Middlebury College students. Both events will take place in the Dance Theatre of the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts, located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available. For tickets or information, call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to

Camille A. Brown and Dancers images: photo Matt Karas

Sola image: dancer/choreographer Bliss Kohlmyer

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