Camille A. Brown & Dancers – Black Girl: Linguistic Play
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
Arrive early for a pre-show discussion with Andrea E. Woods Valdés, Duke University associate professor of dance and artistic director of SOULOWORKS/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers.
7pm, Room 3222, Talley Student Union
Camille Brown uses the rhythmic play of African-American dance vernacular – including social dancing, double dutch, steppin’, tap, Juba, ring shout, and gesture – as the black woman’s domain to evoke childhood memories of self-discovery.
In a society where black women are often only portrayed in terms of their strength, resiliency, or trauma, Black Girl: Linguistic Play questions these narratives by representing a nuanced spectrum of black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world.
This spirited work is complemented by live music from pianist Scott Patterson and bassist Tracy Wormworth.
“Ms. Brown explores black female identity by transporting her dancers and audience to the playground. On a multilevel stage of platforms and mirrors, she uses the games of childhood as a source of empowerment.”
– The New York Times
“…a playful and joyous romp… the sheer onstage exuberance was life affirming to the point of being contagious.”
– Fjord Review
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.