Camille A. Brown's Mr. Tol E. RAncE Set for Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 8/2
Camille A. Brown and Dancers, recognized for its visceral movement and unflinching approach to comedic and controversial themes, announces the return of Camille A. Brown's acclaimed Mr. TOL E. RAncE at Lincoln Center Out of Doors on Saturday, August 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2013) 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. Brown brought in dramaturges Talvin Wilks and Kamilah Forbes as well as theater coach J. Michael Kinsey to assist in the creation of this vibrant and poignant evening length work. The last 30-mins of the performance engages the audience in a conversation, lead by choreographer Camille A. Brown and Kamilah Forbes.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers has been a palpable force in the national concert dance world for over 10 years. Directed with unfailingly clear vision by Camille A. Brown (most recently choreographer for City Center Encores production of tick, tick...BOOM!), the company draws upon modern, hip-hop, African and ballet aesthetics to make a personal claim on history through the lens of Brown's contemporary female perspective. The company's mission is to present authentic performances that foster dialogue among audience and local communities. The company has performed at The Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, City Center's Fall for Dance Festival, Symphony Space and The Yard.
The performance will take place on August 2, 2014; 7:00 p.m. with opening by Stew & The Negro (Passing Strange) followed by the Camille A. Brown & Dancers (approximately 8:15). This event is a free, public performance at Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Bandshell. Subway: 1 train to 66th Street-Lincoln Center; A, C, B, D to 59th Street-Columbus Circle.
Pictured: Mr. TOL E. RAncE. Photo by Grant Halverson AD.