Award-winning Dancer and Choreographer Camille A. Brown Presents "ink"

A celebration of African-American social dance featuring Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Hip-Hop

Press Release

The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is set to host Camille A. Brown & Dancers for a dynamic dance performance titled ink, which explores the themes of race, culture, and identity in a celebration of African-American culture at The Red Theater on Thursday, April 25 at 8pm.

Showcasing Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Hip-Hop dance and featuring live music, the performance conveys a powerful mix of emotion, tender and exuberant, through the gestures and rituals of the African diaspora. The audience will be taken on a journey in an examination of self-empowerment, Black love, community, and fellowship.

Camille A. Brown is a prolific female choreographer reclaiming the cultural narrative of African-American identity. As Artistic Director of Camille A. Brown and Dancers, she strives to instill curiosity and reflection in diverse audiences through her emotionally raw and thought-provoking work. In collaboration with Music Director Allison Miller, percussionist Wilson Torres, violinist Juliette Jones (who has previously performed at The Arts Center with Toshi Reagon as part of Octavia E Butler’s Parable of the Sower), and composer/pianist Scott Patterson, ink is the final installation about identity in the trio of performances devised by Ms. Brown (along with Mr. TOL E. RAncE- 2012, BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play – 2015).

 Camille Brown is a brilliant dancer and choreographer, as well as an incisive thinker. Through works like ink, and earlier works in her trilogy, she explores issues of race, gender, representation, and popular culture with a physical vocabulary that has enormous historic sweep, and powerful emotional impact. I’m so excited to be able to bring her and her exceptional company of dancers and musicians to the Abu Dhabi community, where her work will have enormous resonance. Her work can be thrilling to watch while always being thought provoking and engaging.


Executive Artistic Director at the Arts Center Bill Bragin

As part of its Off The Stage program, The Arts Center will host a movement workshop with members of Camille A. Brown & Dancers on Monday, April 21 at 7pm at The Red Theater. For further details on the Social Dance Class and to register to this Off The Stage offering, please visit The Arts Center’s website:

About NYU Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi is the first comprehensive liberal arts and research campus in the Middle East to be operated abroad by a major American research university. NYU Abu Dhabi has integrated a highly selective undergraduate curriculum across the disciplines with a world center for advanced research and scholarship. The university enables its students in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and arts to succeed in an increasingly interdependent world and advance cooperation and progress on humanity’s shared challenges. NYU Abu Dhabi’s high-achieving students have come from over 115 countries and speak over 115 languages. Together, NYU's campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, and Shanghai form the backbone of a unique global university, giving faculty and students opportunities to experience varied learning environments and immersion in other cultures at one or more of the numerous study-abroad sites NYU maintains on six continents.