By Pride Newsdesk
Award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown is sharing her latest creation with audiences at OZ Arts Nashville for two nights on December 14 & 15, 2018. ink is the third piece in a trilogy about African-American identity – this one specifically exploring brotherhood and male-female love. Camille A. Brown & Dancers premiered this work late last year at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Nashville audiences won’t want to miss this exciting combination of dance, storytelling and musical genres from one of the country’s most acclaimed choreographers.
“I am thrilled to bring ink to Nashville!” said Brown. “We come with love, community, funk, and soul and look forward to joining the Nashville community in celebrating black identity.”
ink celebrates the rituals, gestural vocabulary, and traditions that remain ingrained within the lineage of the African Diaspora and reclaims African-Americans narratives by showcasing their authenticity. In collaboration with music director Allison Miller, percussionist Wilson Torres, violinist Juliette Jones, and composer/pianist Scott Patterson, ink celebrates black masculinity and explores the power of everyday gestures.
“It’s an honor to host a choreographer as influential and creative as Camille A. Brown here in Nashville,” says OZ Arts President & CEO Tim Ozgener. “Having the chance to engage with Camille’s vibrant work is an extraordinary opportunity for Middle Tennessee audiences to witness one of our nation’s fastest-rising stars.”
Using the rhythms and sounds of traditional African and handmade instruments as its center, the work travels through time with elements of blues, hip-hop, jazz, and swing music. This musical landscape embodies its own storytelling. The movement is an amalgamation of African-American social dance, African, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop. Through self-empowerment, black love, brotherhood, exhaustion and resilience, community and fellowship, ink depicts the pedestrian interactions of individuals and relationships as grounds for accessing one’s innate superpowers and finding liberation.
In a recent piece about Brown, Dance Magazine placed the renowned choreographer in the company of television producer Shonda Rhimes and film director Ava DuVernay as “part of a cultural movement of black female artists who are redefining how African-American stories are told: with humanity, sensitivity, depth and intellectual sophistication.”
No wonder. Her bold creations—including NBC’s Emmy Award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert and Tony Award-winning revival of Once on This Island, fuse ancestral stories and contemporary culture in a way that celebrates, challenges and inspires. She is a four-time recipient of the Princess Grace Award, a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, winner of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, and TED Fellow, among other accolades. In addition, her work has been commissioned by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and others.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers ink will be presented twice at OZ Arts Nashville, December 14 & 15, 2018. Doors open Friday @ 7:00 PM; Saturday @ 6:00 PM; with performances Friday @ 8:00 PM; Saturday @ 7:00 PM. Be on time! The show is appropriate for all ages, and only runs 55 minutes. Tickets are $69 per person, available at www.OZArtsNashville.org.
This article originally appeared in the Nashville Pride.