Camille A. Brown & Dancers Present BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play

When: Fri., Dec. 8, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 9, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 10, 3 p.m. 2017

Little girls playing hand-clapping games, singing rhymes, and swinging ropes for Double Dutch are common sights on schoolyards — less so, though, onstage. Camille A. Brown’s Bessie Award-nominated BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play explores Black femininity and representation through these childhood games as well as African-American dance, such as tap, steppin’, and Juba. The piece reveals itself as a vibrant tale of self-discovery that also seeks to showcase the complexity and nuance of Black womanhood — all set to a live, original soundtrack composed by Tracy Wormworth and Scott Patterson. The Berkeley performances mark the Bay Area premiere of BLACK GIRL; The New York Times reviewed the initial debut two years ago, calling it “clever and tender” and full of “great spirit.” It’s worth noting that choreographer Brown is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, well-known for creating works that dive into social justice issues through dance.

Janelle Bitker

Price: $54 and up

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