Saturday, March 24, 2018

Camille A. Brown & Dancers present ink

Music and Movement Series, The O'Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University

Recognized for its introspective approach to cultural themes through visceral movement and socio-political dialogues, Camille A. Brown & Dancers soar through history like a whirlwind. Known for high theatricality, gutsy moves, and virtuosic musicality, the Company’s strong sense of storytelling uses theatricality and the aesthetics of Modern, Hip Hop, African-American social dances, Ballet, and Tap, to tell stories that connect history with contemporary culture. The Company’s body of work reflects a spectrum of comedy, politics, and everyday.


Reclaiming African-Americans narratives by showcasing their authenticity, ink celebrates the rituals, gestural vocabulary, and traditions that remain (from generation to generation) ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora. This work examines the culture of black life that is often appropriated, rewritten, or silenced.

ink, the final installation of Brown’s dance theater trilogy about identity (Mr. TOL E. RAncE, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play), is in collaboration with Music Director Allison Miller, percussionist Wilson Torres, and violinist Juliette Jones. Together, using the rhythms and sounds of traditional African instruments as its center, the work travels through time with elements of Blues, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Swing—moving seamlessly through its musical landscape to provide its own storytelling. The movement is an amalgamation of African American social dance, African, Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Hip-Hop.

From the Abolitionist movement to the Civil Rights struggle, from the Black Power movement to the emergence of Hip Hop, ink seeks to highlight the space of pedestrian interactions as grounds for individuals and communities to find liberation and access their power.

This performance is a co-presentation with The O’Shaughnessy.