2018: Headliner: Camille A. Brown & Dancers
Camille A. Brown will be presenting "turf" (an excerpt from her full work "ink") performed by Maleek Washington and Timothy Edwards during the National Showcase at 7:30pm.
Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer making a personal claim on history through the lens of a modern Black female perspective. She leads her dancers through excavations of ancestral stories, both timeless and traditional, that illustrate stories which connect history with contemporary culture. She is a 2017 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow, 2017 Irma P. Hall Black Theater Award nominee, a four-time Princess Grace Award winner, 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, 2015 USA Jay Franke and David Herro Fellow, 2015 TED Fellow, and was a 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, Her company Camille A. Brown & Dancers received a 2014 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work Mr. TOL E. RAncE and was nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for the work BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play. Brown’s work has been commissioned by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco!, Complexions, and Urban Bush Women, among others. She is the choreographer for the Tony nominated Broadway Revival of Once on This Island for which she also received Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Chita Rivera award nominations. She also received an AUDELCO award and Lucille Lortel nomination for her choreography in the musical BELLA: An American Tall Tale. Last year, Brown premiered her new work, "ink," at the Kennedy Center and completed the company's dance theater trilogy about race, culture and identity. Her 2016 TED- Ed talk A Visual History of Social Dance in 25 Moves was chosen as one of the most notable talks of the year by TED Curator Chris Anderson and has more than 15 million views on Facebook and counting.