July 20–August 10, 2014
  • Camille A. Brown and Dancers: Mr. TOL E. RAncE
  • Stew & The Negro Problem
Saturday, August 2, 2014 7:00 PM
Damrosch Park Bandshell

Camille A. Brown and Dancers: Mr. TOL E. RAncE

Sparked by Dave Chappelle, Spike Lee, and W.E.B. Dubois, Brown and company’s powerfully inventive movement humorously and provocatively examines “the mask” of survival and the “double consciousness” of the black performer throughout modern pop culture. This multimedia dance theater work culminates in a dialogue session moderated by the piece’s dramaturg, Hip Hop Theater festival co-founder Kamilah Forbes, to give viewers a chance to engage with the work’s challenging issues.

Stew & The Negro Problem

Sex, race, art, the vagaries of urban existence: nothing is off limits for Stew, the wildly imaginative singer, songwriter, performer, and Tony-winning playwright of Passing Strange. The irreverent observer will spotlight new songs written for his improvisational rock band The Negro Problem, as well as from recent musical plays The Total Bent and Family Album.

The presentation of Mr.TOLE.RAnce was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.