Christal Brown's The Opulence of Integrity
Inspired by the life and legend of Muhammad Ali, the performance incorporates elements of boxing, hip hop, martial arts, and modern dance to an original sound score by Farai Malianga, and include artistic exploration with the Boston dance community. Students from Boston Arts Academy, Brookline High School and Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School will showcase their work prior to each The Opulence of Integrity performance, presented on Friday, March 31, 8 PM; Saturday, April 1, 8 PM; and Sunday, April 2, 7 PM. A post-show dialogue on Friday, March 31 will be facilitated by dancer/choreographer, Aysha Upchurch, and a pre-show dialogue beginning at 7:15 on Saturday, April 1 will be facilitated by Mila Thigpen, dancer/choreographer and faculty at Cambridge Rindge and Latin.
The Opulence of Integrity is a four-movement, evening-length work inspired by Alis career as a boxer and social activist, and his life as a public martyr and as a mortal human being. Brown notes, The work deploys an eclectic movement vernacular to illustrate the turmoil of a life infused by divinity, yet misinterpreted by humanity. The performance also explores the inner struggle for identity as it pertains to men of color in the United States, with an intimate look at the trappings that continually inhibit freedom. Brown dedicates the work to her father, brother, and uncle who fought but did not win and to her own son, whose battle has not yet begun. To be born branded by history, burdened by responsibility, and inspired towards greatness requires a committed heart and an opulence of integrity.
Christal Brown is a choreographer, educator, performer, writer, and activist. She received her BFA in dance and minor in business from University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Brown has toured domestically and internationally with companies including the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and Urban Bush Women. She is also founder and executive director of INSPIRIT, a performance ensemble and educational conglomerate dedicated to bringing female choreographers together to collaborate and show new work, expanding the views of women of all ages. The Opulence of Integrity represents a departure from INSPIRITs milieuand her first foray working with an all-male ensemble. Brown has also launched a nationwide youth initiative for teen girls called Project: BECOMING and developed a codified technique called Liquid Strength. She has been a past resident artist of Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, and Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and is currently an assistant professor of dance at Middlebury College.
The Opulence of Integrity at the Dance Complex is funded in part by NEFA's New England States Touring Program.
*NOTE: Pre-purchased tickets will be held up until 15 minutes before the start of the performance. After this point, seats may be released.
Julie Ince Theatre at The Dance Complex (View)
536 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
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