Camille A. Brown & Dancers Launch Northeast Tour Today
Camille A. Brown & Dancers, recognized for its visceral movement and unflinching approach to comedic and controversial themes, will embark on a 3-city Northeast tour, starting this weekend. The company is to visit Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia in March and April to perform Camille A. Brown's acclaimed 2013 Mr. TOL E. RAncE, as well as other repertory favorites. The company will be presented by World Music/CRASHarts at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston on March 14-15, The Atlas in Washington D.C. onApril 5-6, and Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia on April 11-12. D.C and Philadelphia performances will feature the full version of Mr. TOL E. RAncE and also includes live piano accompaniment by Scott Patterson, playing an original eclectic score-composed by Patterson, Brandon McCune, Jonathan Melville Pratt and Kurt "KC" Clayton.
Mr. TOL E. RAncE has toured throughout the U.S. during 2013 to sold-out audiences from the Whitebird Uncaged Series in Oregon to North Carolina's American Dance Festival. Prior performances also took place at The Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY, The EGG in Albany, NY, ODC Theater in San Francisco, The Yard in Massachusetts, Kelly Strayhorn Theater in Pittsburgh, PA Pennsylvania, and premiered at NYC's The Kitchen in April of 2013.
"In today's society we're all dealing with the same issues one way or another; this connection is what inspires me to create work that promotes understanding and transformation" says choreographer Camille A. Brown. "We've been humbled by the impact TOL E. RAncE has had on all generations in the audiences and we are happy to continue the journey within the Northeast region."
Mr. TOL E. RAncE embodies themes of American history as it celebrates African-American humor and masterfully intertwines comedy, live animation, theater and explosive dance, to examine minstrelsy in its past and even present forms. The piece sheds light on what happens to the human spirit behind the mask, creating a universal dialogue about perception and its influence on all races. The work is heavily influenced by Spike Lee's film Bamboozled as well as Mel Watkins' book "On The Real Side" and Dave Chappelle's "dancing vs. shuffling" analogy.
NORTHEAST TOUR SCHEDULE
March 14-15, 2014 - Boston, MA
April 5-6, 2014- Washington, D.C.
April 11-12, 2014 - Philadelphia, PA