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Camille A. Brown & Dancers

August 2 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Camille A. Brown and Dancers present Ink at Mass MoCA.
Mass MoCA

Recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award in 2016, three-time Tony Award-nominated director and choreographer Camille A. Brown continues her meteoric rise creating new work on stage, TV, and film as the founder of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, tonight in a World Premiere of I AM with live music.

Brown is a “prodigious” (VOGUE) Bessie Award-winning choreographer and director. She made history as the first Black director at the Metropolitan Opera to direct a mainstage production when she co-directed Fire Shut Up In My Bones (2021). With the Broadway revival of for colored girls… (2022), she became the first Black woman to direct and choreograph a Broadway play since Katherine Dunham in 1955.

Following her work earlier this spring as the choreographer of the new Alicia Keys musical Hell’s Kitchen and a Tony Award nomination, Brown returns to the roots of her own dance company, presenting the world premiere of I AM in the Ted Shawn Theatre, developed in part through a Pillow Lab residency in 2023.

Inspired by the “I AM” episode of the HBO series Lovecraft Country, this exciting and uplifting work is accompanied by a live band and features the dances and gestures of the African diaspora to celebrate the past, and boldly push into the future.

Lead commissioning support for I AM has been provided by Jacob’s Pillow’s Joan B. Hunter New Work Commission, The Joyce Theater, the Meany Center for the Performing Arts, and the Apollo.

The creation and presentation of I AM was made possible with major support from the Mellon Foundation and additional support from the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Foundation and Mellon Foundation); the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; the Princess Grace Foundation-USA; Masterwork Music and Art Foundation; the Harkness Foundation for Dance; Ford Foundation; and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Public support was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

I AM received creative development time and funding support for residencies through Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s Pillow Lab (Becket, MA) and the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Orpheum Performing Arts Center (Tannersville, NY). The work also developed at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park (Tivoli, NY).

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August 2
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Jacob’s Pillow
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA
(413) 243-0745

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