Council for the Arts Presents ‘BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play’

March 31, 2016

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – March 31, 2016 - The Council for the Arts at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) and Office of Student Involvement and Leadership are pleased to announce that the acclaimed Camille A. Brown and Dancers will present excerpts from BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play on Wednesday, April 6 at 1 p.m. in the Tuohy Hall Auditorium at SJC Brooklyn. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the artists.

BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play reveals the complexity of carving out a self-defined identity as a black female in urban American culture. In a society where black women are often only portrayed in terms of their strength, resiliency or trauma, this work seeks to interrogate these narratives by representing a nuanced spectrum of black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world. With original musical compositions, Brown uses the rhythmic play of African-American dance vernacular to evoke childhood memories of self-discovery. From play to protest, the performers come into their identity from childhood innocence to girlhood awareness to maturity – all the while shaped by their environments, the bonds of sisterhood and womanhood at large. 

Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has achieved multiple accolades for her daring works. Informed by her musical background as a clarinetist, she utilizes musical composition as storytelling and makes 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.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Ramona Candy at 718.940.5351. 

The Council for the Arts is a coalition of students, faculty members and staff who serve as a focal point for SJC Brooklyn’s educational and community outreach programming in the arts. By expanding and integrating campus arts activities, the Council seeks to enhance the public image of the College as a cultural center in Brooklyn and aims to make arts and cultural events more accessible to its students and area neighbors. 

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in more than 45 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.