World Premiere
December 2, 2017

The final installation of the company’s dance theatre trilogy about culture, race and identity following the Bessie Award Winning, Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012) and Bessie Nominated, BLACK GIRL:Linguistic Play (2015).

Video Created by Camille A. Brown

Video Footage Courtesy of Chris Cameron at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) at Florida State University

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 theatre 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. Dramaturgy guidance provided by: Talvin Wilks, Daniel Banks, and Kamilah Forbes.

The lead commissioners for ink are Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, NJ and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), with support from the Lumberyard. ink also received co-commissioning support from ASU Gammage.

The creation and presentation of ink 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; The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

ink was given its original creative development residency by The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance in partnership with The Evelyn Sharp/CalArtsSummer Choreographic Residency. The development of ink was made possible, in part, by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University with support from the Princess Grace Foundation. The work is also being created, in part, during a production residency at ASU Gammage, University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium, 2017 Off-Shore Creation Residency at The Yard and creative residencies at Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, NJ, Jacob’s Pillow, and CUNY Dance Initiative at Kingsborough Community College.



Creative Team







The Mask of Survival: Black Performance in Dance
By: Camille A. Brown
The Offing


Camille A. Brown


Camille A. Brown and Dancers Repertory


Camille A. Brown Theater Choreography


Engagement with Camille A. Brown