Arts at UNCW

Camille Brown and Dancers: Mr. TOL E. RAncE

UNCW Presents is proud to be hosting Camille Brown and Dancers performing Mr. TOL E. RAncE. This performance will be on February ninth, twenty-seventeen at seven thirty pm in UNCW's Kenan Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale for fifteen dollars, twenty-five dollars, and forty dollars depending on the seats. We also offer several discounts for tickets which you can learn more about by contacting our Box Office.

Inspired by Mel Watkins’ book, “On The Real Side: From Slavery to Chris Rock”, Spike Lee’s controversial movie, “Bamboozled”, and Dave Chappelle’s “dancing vs. shuffling” analogy, this evening-length dance theater work celebrates African-American humor, examines “the mask” of survival and the “double consciousness” (W.E.B. DuBois) of the black performer throughout history and the stereotypical roles dominating current popular Black culture.

Through comedy, animation, theater, soul-stirring live music by Scott Patterson (with original compositions from Jonathan Melville Pratt, Brandon McCune, Kurt “KC” Clayton and Scott Patterson) and poignantly retrospective dance vocabulary, Mr. TOL E. RAncE speaks to the issue of tolerance- how much Black performers had to tolerate, and addresses-forms of modern day minstrelsy we tolerate today. It is not a history lesson. Blending and contrasting the contemporary with the historic, the goal of this personal work is to engage, provoke, and move the conversation of race forward in a timely dialogue about where we have been, where we are and where we might want to be.


Camille A. Brown is a prolific choreographer who has achieved multiple accolades and awards for her daring works. Informed by her music 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. Her versatility is effortlessly demonstrated in works that range from light-hearted (Groove to Nobody’s Business; Been There, Done That) to spiritually based (New Second Line; City of Rain) and politically charged with comedic flare (Mr. TOL E. RAncE) to personal (BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play).

You can learn more about Camille Brown and Dancers by visiting their website <<here>>.


Audience reaction- Mr. TOL E. RAncE- American Dance Festival (July 2013) from Camille A. Brown & Dancers on Vimeo.

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