Camille A. Brown & Dancers
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. Embodying a strong sense of storytelling, the company uses theatricality and the aesthetics of Modern, Hip hop, African, Ballet, and Tap, to tell stories that connect history with contemporary culture.
Making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective, Camille A. Brown leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional. The work is strongly character based, expressing each choreographic topic by building from little moments to model a filmic sensibility. Theater, poetry, visual art and music of all genres merge to inject each performance with energy and urgency.
The Company has performed in venues both nationally and internationally, including The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Yard, American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, New York City Center’s Fall for Dance Festival, The Egg, The Kravis Center, White Bird and Belfast Festival at Queen’s (Belfast, Ireland).
Committed to implementing and advancing the artistic vision of Camille A. Brown, Camille A. Brown & Dancers creates and presents performances, offers dance engagement activities, and investigates historical and contemporary cultural, personal, and social justice issues through the art of dance theater, in order to provide a multi-faceted platform for sharing and building understanding of and appreciation for the African American experience and fostering interaction and dialogue among diverse communities in our hometown of NYC, across the country, and globally.
These opportunities are possible because of the serious movers and incredible performers in the company who are able to act and dance, step into the world of history, and come soaring into the present.
Beatrice Capote is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She began her dance training at Amaryllis Dance Academy in West New York, NJ. She attended Professional Performing Arts High school and studied as a scholarship student at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. At Alvin Ailey, she was featured in the book “Attitude, eight young dancers come of age at the Ailey school” by Katherine Davis Fishman. She then graduated from the University Of North Carolina School of the Arts and at Montclair State University with a Dance Education Degree. Ms. Capote has worked and/ or continues to work with INSPIRIT, a dance company, Mavericks dance company, The Wells Performance Project, Areytos Performance Works, Kyle Abraham/ Abraham. In. Motion, Antonio Brown, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Christal Brown, Frederick Earl Mosley, Matthew Rushing, and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. She is currently faculty at Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University, and Joffrey Ballet School. She joined the company in August 2014.
Dancer, Choreographer and Teacher Timothy Edwards, a Hawaii native, began his journey into dance at the age of fourteen when he stepped in his first dance class, African dance. From that day on his teacher, Desiree Kramer, would give him the tools and inspiration to pursue his new found dance dream
From Washington, DC, Catherine received her training from the DC Youth Ensemble (DCYE), Baltimore School for the Arts (BSA) and at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. She was a finalist and 2nd place winner in the National Arts Recognition, in Miami, Fla. and a recipient of the Astaire Award for Best Broadway Female Ensemble. She has worked with and performed the works of noted choreographers including Kevin “Iega” Jeff, Donald Bryd, Hinton Battle. The Fred Benjamin Dance Company (artistic director Fred Benja¬min),Forces of Nature (artistic director, Abdel Salaam), Darrel grand Moultrie, and Camille A. Brown and dancers ( artistic director, Camille Brown). Catherine made her Broadway debut in the original cast of the hit musical FELA! produced by Jay-Z and Will Smith in 2009 and went on to tour internationally with the production until 2011. Catherine has performed throughout North America to as far as Central and South America, Europe, and Africa. She is a certified dance/fitness instructor and teaches regularly in after school programs. She gives thanks to all of her ancestors and loved ones for her success and guidance.
Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Fana Fraser began her dance training at Caribbean School of Dancing. An honors graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in Dance, she has performed with Ailey II, Sidra Bell Dance New York, The Francesca Harper Project, The Metropolitan Opera, Andrea Miller for Hermès, and with Ryan McNamara for Performa 13, Art Basel, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim. She has appeared in digital commercials for Google and Twitter. Fana's performance work has been presented at Emerging Artists Theatre, BAAD! (Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance), Trinidad Theatre Workshop, WestFest, the CURRENT SESSIONS, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. She was a selected artist-in-residence at the Dance & Performance Institute in Trinidad & Tobago and at Open Call – a project partnership between BAAD! and Pepatián. Fana has served as a teaching artist with Purelements and Notes in Motion Teaching Ensemble, and as a rehearsal assistant to choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie. She is also a certified Gyrotonic® trainer. Fana is currently the Rehearsal Director for Ailey II and has been a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers since 2013.
Juel D. Lane has been noted as one of the most gifted dance talents in the country, and his awe-inspiring work today still yields this title. An Atlanta native, he received his early training from Tri-Cities High School and The Youth Ensemble of Atlanta. Lane was recently selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation New Directions Choreography Lab, and is a company member of Bessie Award winning Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Prior to that, he was a dancer with Ron K. Brown/EVIDENCE, Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company,Axam DTE, Andrea E. Woods Souloworks & Dancers, and Helen Simoneau Danse. Alliance Theatre Credits: C.A. Lyons Project, I DREAM (Assistant Choreographer). Regional: SPUNK (True Colors Theatre- Choreographer), Rob Jackson’s, Rebirth (The Fox Theater, Atlanta-Choreographer), STAGGER LEE, Dallas Theater Center, Associate-Choreographer) He was featured on the Cover of the May/June 2015 issue of Dance Studio Magazine, and in 2013 was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch.” In 2012, Lane made history as the first local independent Black choreographer to have his work commissioned by the Atlanta Ballet. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, he is heavily involved in dance on film and has released three dance-film projects: “Just Another Day,” “How to Kill a Ghost,” and “When The Beat Drops.” www.jueldlane.com
WILLIE “TRE” SMITH III is a native of Charlotte, NC began his training at the age of ten at Weir Dancing, Inc and numerous other intensives such as Debbie Allen Dance Academy, Philadanco, and International Ballet Classique. After graduating with honors from Northwest School of the Arts he continued his education and training at The University of the Arts. Willie graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Ballet Performance. Willie was a member of Eleone Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and is currently a member of Camille A. Brown & Dancers. Willie has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet Noir, Waheed Works, Ballet Folkloric Di’Haiti, Collage Dance collective, and on Americas Got Talent.
Yusha-Marie Sorzano (Miami, FL) Originally from Trinidad, Ms.Sorzano received her primary instruction from New World School of the Arts, The Miami Conservatory, and The Dance Theater of Harlem. She attended the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program and in her junior year was invited to join Ailey II. Ms.Sorzano has been a member of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Morphoses, TU Dance, and BODYTRAFFIC- additionally she has performed as a guest artist with Benjamin Millipied’s LA Dance Project. Ms. Sorzano has performed in principal roles with the Ailey company and in a wide variety of concert works, including noted choreographers, Ulysses Dove, Dianne McIntyre, Hofesh Shechter, Kyle Abraham, and Ron K Brown. As well as, with recording artist Wynton Marsalis, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Destiny’s Child, and Rihanna. She has been a guest artist on “Dancing with the Stars”, a cast member of Chicago’s acclaimed Goodman Theater’s “Crowns,” and starred as the principal dancer in the independent film “You Me and The Circus.” When not performing Ms. Sorzano enjoys teaching both nationally and internationally.
Robin Bramlett is a recording artist and bassist who is primarily self-taught. Her debut CD and 2013 release, This Is My Life, is an instrumental autobiography that combines her musical experiences throughout her career while staying true to her first loves, jazz and neo-soul. Other than two covers (Teena Marie’s Square Biz and Slave’s Steal Your Heart) Robin wrote and produced the entire project. She is also touring with the all female jazz ensemble, Jazz In Pink, which is led by keyboardist Gail Jhonson. In addition, she has also performed and/or recorded with Karen Briggs, Althea Rene, Eric Darius, Jeanette Harris, Jessy J, Brian Culbertson, Dave Koz, Chrisette Michelle, Shanice Wilson, Miki Howard, Pete Escovedo, After 7, Jon B., Malcolm Jamal Warner, just to name a few.
Justin began his professional career in Atlanta, GA as music director for dance and theater companies around the city. Now based in NYC, Justin continues to develop his craft as pianist, composer and producer and has worked with some of the most heralded and creatively groundbreaking artist in the world. He has had the great fortune to travel the world sharing and developing his art and recognizes the many blessings that he has had and is thankful that it continues. Justin is pleased to make his debut with Camille A. Brown & Dancers. http://www.justinellington.com/
Scott Patterson is a pianist and composer of incomparable talent. Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviewdescribes Patterson’s playing as, “a masterly blend of virtuosity, singing style and beautiful voicing.”His blend of classical, soul and rock music is futuristic, emotive and luxuriant. Since 2012 Patterson has toured with Camille A. Brown & Dancers. He is a contributing composer of the Bessie award winning Mr. TOL E. RAncE and Brown’s critically acclaimed work, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play. Patterson’s work extends beyond dance. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Afro House (afrohouse.org), a music-driven performance art house based in Baltimore, MD. At the center of Afro House stands the Astronaut Symphony, a contemporary music ensemble that creates symphonic performance art pieces, such as Patterson’s sci-fi tone poem Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe. As a music director he worked closely with award-winning playwright Marcus Gardley during the Williamstown Theatre Festival and served as music director for a production of Dan Dietz’s Clementine in the Lower 9. He has also worked with Tony Award winning music director and composer Daryl Waters at the Dallas Theater Center. His acting credits include the role of Duke Ellington in Tom Minter’s Blues for a Royal Flush, as Chorus in Dan Dietz’s Clementine in the Lower 9 and General Ebon Kojo in Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe. As a Piano Performance major Patterson studied under Richard Fields at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and Phillip Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music.
Tracy Wormworth is a world renowned bass guitarist in the music and television industry. Her career began as a member of the New Wave band The Waitresses, and subsequently toured and with Phyllis Hyman, Sting, Roberta Flack, Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, The B-52s, jazz violinist Regina Carter, vocalist extraordinaire Rachelle Farrell, jazz great Wayne Shorter, and many other artists. She has played on recordings by Joan Osborne, The B-52s, The Waitresses, Regina Carter, Lena Horne, Paula Abdul and others. Tracy has jingle recording credit; appeared in film and has extensive live (and taped) television and recording experience. Tracy was a member of the house band on The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which aired for 6 years. As part of the “Rosie” show she played with everyone from Mary J. Blige to Liza Minnelli, as well as accompanying all of the major Broadway show performances that were featured yearly on the show during Tony season. She also subbed on “The Conan O’Brien Show” in the bass chair and has appeared on “The Arsenio Hall Show”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, “Late Night With David Letterman”, “The Craig Kilborn Show” and “The Today Show”. Wormworth is currently playing with The B-52s and has done several world tours with the band. She recorded with the band on “The Flintstones” soundtrack and on their album “Good Stuff”. In 2008, she was listed as a full band member on their album “Funplex”, and is featured in their Live DVD “With The Wild Crowd”, released in 2012.
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Francine E. Ott
“Sent the audience out of the theater whooping with justifiable delight. Brown’s style is a heady brew of modern, vernacular, and African dance dispensed with a judicious hand: it communicates purposeful urgency as much as unbound exhilaration…it communicates purposeful urgency as much as unbound exhilaration…it was the most beautiful moment of the evening…She’s good at evoking something without tediously replicating it.”
“[Camille A. Brown] cultivates in her dancers truer versions of themselves so that even as they do her movement, they are set apart. Placed in an environment of socially conscious choreography that often allows performers freedom of theatricality, Brown’s combination of concept and execution is striking.”
“fierce and feisty cast, the dance became alive with individual personalities…just like NYC!
-Deborah Wingert, Eye on the Arts, NY
“a tour de force ”
– Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times
“The dancing is fierce, the performers’ stamina impressive, and their performance risky”
-World Dance Views
“incredibly inventive and energetic dancers”
“Every aspect of the dance-making here is thoroughly accomplished”
-The New York Times
“heart, mind, soul, passion, full-out dancing and introspective solos that bridged the history of minstrel days with present struggles. Add high production values and a gifted cast, who gave it their all, and you have one heck of a show.”
-The Herald Sun
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