Jacob's Pillow Dance Award Goes to Camille Brown

Camille A. Brown, whose work we have featured before in the Lotus Blogs, is this year’s winner of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award, an honor that comes with a cash prize and an engagement at the summer festival. The Award was created in 2007 to support the creativity of visionary artists. Past honorees include Merce Cunningham (2009), Bill T. Jones (2010), and Kyle Abraham (2012).

Kyle Abraham, Pavement, Photo: Carrie Schneider

Kyle Abraham, Pavement, Photo: Carrie Schneider

Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge called Ms. Brown “hugely important,” and lauded her offstage work advocating for black female artists. “Someone who generates dialogue in communities is the kind of artists that really excites me,” said Ms. Tatge. She commended Ms. Brown as a”deep researcher” that tackles social issues through “extremely present, theatrical” choreography.” (quoted from New York Times)

As part of the award, Ms. Brown will have a one-or-two-week creative development residency at Jacob’s Pillow, where she will be working on her new piece, “ink.” In addition, her dance “Black Girl: Linguistic Play,” which received favorable reviews when it appeared at the Joyce Theater in September, will be staged at Jacob’s Pillow in 2017.

Watch an EXCITING excerpt from BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play

Ms. Brown is a Bessie Award Winner for her 2014 piece Mr. TOL E. RAncE, a 2015 USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient, 2015 TED Fellow, among many other accolades.