Onstage Spotlight: Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Kristin Tillotson, Star Tribune 2/20/15

Camille A. Brown & Dancers

Feb. 21: A discussion-generating article published on salon.com last week in the wake of another Kanye West awards-show opining posits that white performers are given a “roomier identity” in which to explore their art than are black performers. Camille A. Brown and company are well-equipped to weigh in on the topic via twirls, stomps and graceful gyrations. Brave, smart and a heckuva lot of fun to watch, Brown’s choreography always tells a strong story with muscular theatrics. This time around in a one-night event co-presented by the Ordway, the company takes on the stereotype struggles of black women, the historically complicated cultural dynamics faced by black artists and the exuberant-amid-crisis traditions of New Orleans’ second-line parades. (7:30 p.m., O’Shaughnessy, 2004 Randolph Av., St. Paul; $15-$39, 651-690-6700 or oshag.stkate.edu/event/camille-a-brown.)

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