“Nearly 10 million people saw Camille A. Brown’s work one night last year. Let that sink in. On a single evening - Easter Sunday 2018 - Brown's choreography for NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert reached a number of viewers unimaginable in the dance, theater and concert halls of New York, and yet an accomplishment this year in one of those very theaters has made an impact quite possibly of equal or greater impact. Brown's choreography for Tarell Alvin McCraney's play-with-music Choir Boy has been nominated for a 2019 Tony Award "Read More
“On the last day of April 2019, Gayle King boarded the stage to announce the first eight Tony nominations with Broadway’s Brandon Victor Dixon and Bebe Neuwirth. As the nominations rolled further the audience applauded with excitement and curiosity for the announcements to come. Then the 2019 nominations for Best Choreography rolled around and for the first time in over twenty years a Black female choreographer was announced, Camille Brown. The last Black female nominated for a Best Choreography Tony Award was Marlies Yearby for Rent in 1996”Read More
Choreographer Camille Brown received her first Tony Award nomination this year for her work on Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Tony-nominated play Choir Boy.Read More
Choreographer Camille A. Brown Reveals How Her Life-Threatening Health Battle Inspired Her Work On ‘Choir Boy’Read More
The choreographer of the Tarell Alvin McCraney play marks a massive milestone in Tony history with her nomination.Read More
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Camille A. Brown receives Tony Award Nomination for her work on Choir Boy.Read More
A celebration of African-American culture is coming to Abu Dhabi today.
As part of New York University’s Art Centre season, the immersive dance spectacle Ink will make its Middle Eastern debut, featuring themes stemming from both history and today’s news.
Choreographed by New Yorker Camille Brown, who will also perform with her cast on stage, the fast-moving, hour-long production moves through various dance suites that touch upon myriad strands of the African-American experience, from migration to self-empowerment and fellowship.Read More
The arts are often talked about in the context of being a platform for dialogue, of creating a space where people – no matter their age, background or beliefs – can enjoy a shared experience that could lead to an open discussion.
When artists create and perform, they generate a wave of self-expression and emotion that they hope in turn will cause a ripple effect that leaves the audience reflecting on their work.Read More
Recently at the Joyce Theater in New York, Camille A. Brown and Dancers presented “ink,” the final installation in her trilogy of concert works: “Mr. TOL E. RAncE” (2012) explored minstrelsy past and present and the mask that black people wear merely to survive in the world; “Black Girl: Linguistic Play” (2015), featuring an all female cast, took us behind the mask and revealed the beautiful complexity of black female youth and joy. It could be said that “ink” is the period on the sentence, or more apropos, a ribbon that ties all three in a bow.Read More
The third work in her trilogy on black identity, Camille A. Brown’s ink (2017) follows in the dance steps of previous works Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012), about minstrelsy and BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015), about Black womanhood. The hourlong dance-theater piece will be performed by Brown’s New York-based Camille A. Brown & Dancers, March 9 and 10 at Downtown’s August Wilson Cultural Center.Read More
There are no tutus, leotards, or ballet buns in the Camille A. Brown & Dancers (CABD) production of ink. Instead, dancers wear untucked, button-down shirts, cargo shorts, tank tops, and yoga pants, all meant to designate their roles as everyday people on the street. By staying grounded in reality, the new dance theater show at the August Wilson Cultural Center (March 9-10) explores how small interactions and relationships contribute to Black empowerment.Read More
From workshops in K-12 schools to community dance events, a sold-out School Day Performance, and the UMS debut of their powerful work, ink, here are seven of our favorite moments:Read More
The choreographer Camille A. Brown has a rare talent – the ability to make you understand a situation or state of mind through dance. And it’s not easy; how many choreographers try to telescope stories or relay messages and either leave you scratching your head or resort to a vocabulary so obvious and didactic it feels like a lecture? Brown triumphs where others fail; she has found that sweet spot, the place where meaning and movement meet. And she does it with humor and warmth.Read More
The choreographer Camille A. Brown often talks about the struggles she faced with body image as a young dancer, when teachers told her that she didn’t have the “ideal” dancer’s physique. I hope those people have been following her career, because she has been proving them wrong for about two decades, and continued to do so on Tuesday at the Joyce Theater with the New York premiere of “ink.”Read More
Do not trifle with Camille A. Brown. The woman knows her mind, and her secure creative imprint has been felt, now, not only on dance stages but on television and Broadway. Ask her a question--as folks did during her audience dialogue at The Joyce's opening night for ink--and, without any hesitation, you get Direct Camille. Her movement might appear, to some, a chain of several interlocking dance genres, but it is not thoughtlessly or simplistically so. Nor can we shove it under a safe, defining label. What to call what she crafts in her work? "It's me," Brown says.Read More
Camille A. Brown has had a pretty incredible year from choreographing the Tony Award-winning musical Once on this Island revival to showcasing her skills to a mass audience onJesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. It was a year that is hard to top, but 2019 already started off with a bang for Brown.Read More
Tarell Alvin McCraney has won an Oscar, a McArthur Genius Grant, and a PEN Award. He is the playwriting chair at the Yale School of Drama. And, as of January 8, he has officially made his Broadway debut with his Choir Boy. The writer behind In the Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue(on which the Oscar-winning Moonlight is based), The Brother/Sister Plays, Wig Out!, and more brings his singular voice to Manhattan Theatre Club’s main stage at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre with the play that marked his first commission out of graduate school.Read More
Extremely talented Jeremy Pope as Pharus, is a golden voiced tenor whose bright eyes are always facing up to heaven and has much to say as he makes his way toward graduation as leader of the gospel choir at Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys.Read More
NBC’s live production of Jesus Christ Superstar was pitched to audiences as a “Live in Concert” version, which led some to expect a straightforward performance of the songs. It turned out to be an inventively staged production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock-and-roll gospel, so passionately imagined that it set a new standard for this type of event.Read More