Camille A. Brown & Dancers touring new work

Camille A. Brown & Dancers in BLACK GIRL: Linguistic PlayCamille A. Brown & Dancers, recognized for its introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues, is currently on tour, presenting university master classes and performing in College Park, MD. Visiting 11 cities total this season, the ensemble kicked off at The Joyce in New York on September 22-27 with the world premiere of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play.


Bessie and Doris Duke Award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown’s BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play will also tour to cities including Chicago (Nov. 2-8), Cleveland (Nov. 13-15), Los Angeles (Dec. 2-6) and Miami (Feb. 26-28,2016.) Performances will feature original live music by composers Scott Patterson (piano) and Tracy Wormworth (electric bass), and a moderated dialogue with audiences around the cultural and universal themes presented by the company’s repertory. The season will also include various residencies, Black Girl Spectrum workshops and panel discussions.


BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play reveals the spectrum of identities of black females in urban American culture. The performers evolve in their identities from childhood innocence, to girlhood awareness, to maturity—all the while shaped by their environments, the bonds of sisterhood and society at large. This work is heavily inspired by Brown’s own experiences and influenced by: Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship by Dr. Aimee Meredith Cox and The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-dutch to Hip-hop by Dr. Kyra Gaunt.


Camille A. Brown & Dancers in BLACK GIRL: Linguistic PlayIn addition to Brown’s newest work, the company will also present audience favorite New Second Line while on tour. The work, inspired by the events of Hurricane Katrina, aptly celebrates the spirit and culture of New Orleans.


“Brown is a masterful storyteller, seeking to reveal the profound in her known experience, a black woman in contemporary America. She is an anthropologist of social dances,” said Talvin Wilks, a director, playwright and dramaturg who worked with Brown on BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play. “These cultural vernaculars live through her work, she imbues them with new and pressing meaning.”


Camille A. Brown & Dancers is made up of nine dancers including Camille A. Brown, Beatrice Capote, Timothy Edwards, Catherine Foster, Fana Fraser, Juel D. Lane, Mora-Amina Parker, Willie “Tre” Smith III and Yusha-Marie Sorzano. The company’s Black Girl Spectrum initiative is rooted in the transformative power of dance—creating a safe space for black girls to live as creative citizens, where black girl brilliance is nurtured and valued or stands to be enhanced.


For more information, visit See tour dates and locations below.




October 20-24 – College Park, MD

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre

– Performance: October 23 at 8 pm

– University master classes, workshops and lectures


November 2-8 – Chicago, IL

Columbia College, Dance Center

– Black Girl Spectrum workshop (October 7-9) with Dance Center and Global Girls

– Performances: November 5-7 at 7:30 pm

– University master classes, workshops and lectures

– Black Girl Spectrum workshop with Red Clay Dance


Camille A. Brown & Dancers in BLACK GIRL: Linguistic PlayNovember 13-15 – Cleveland, OH

Playhouse Square – Hanna Theatre, DANCECleveland

– Performance: November 14 at 8 pm

– University master class


December 2-6 – Los Angeles, CA


– Performances: December 3-5 at 8:30 pm and December 6 at 3 pm

– Community master classes and workshops


January 17, 2016: The Gathering, Camille A. Brown’s annual open forum for intergenerational black female artists to support one another and to advocate for greater cultural equity and acknowledgement in the contemporary dance world


January 18-24 – Notre Dame, IN

DeBartolo Center – University of Notre Dame

– Performances: January 21-22 at 7 pm and January 23 at 7:30 pm

– Black Girl Spectrum workshops


January 27-30 – Huntingdon, PA

Juniata College

– Performance: January 29 at 7:30 pm

– Community master classes and workshops


February 10-14 – Ann Arbor, MI

University Musical Society – University of Michigan

– Performance: February 13 at 8 pm

– Community master classes and workshops

– University master classes


February 15-21 – Miami, FL

MDC Live Arts Lehman Theater – Miami Dade College

– Performance: February 20 at 8 pm

– Black Girl Spectrum workshops

– University master classes


February 26-28 – Reading, PA

Miller Center for the Arts – Reading Area Community College

– Performance: February 27 at 7:30 pm

– Community master classes and workshop

– University master classes


April 11-16 – Tempe, AZ

ASU Gammage

– Residency (March 20-23) in local women’s prison

– Performance: April 16 at 7 pm


Photos: Camille A. Brown & Dancers in BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play. Photos by Christopher Duggan.