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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Our culture has trivialized the body. It's something to dress up, show off, and potentially even change. But the body contains history, culture, and legacy as well. Christal Brown gives a talk and dance performance about turning one's critical lens inward and exploring the possibilities of the body.

Interiors, 2014 part 6 in The Life Cycle Series

An excerpt of of an evening of performance works by Christal Brown, Ayo Janeen Jackson, and Shizu Homa; exploring the cultural underpinnings of masking.  Collecting Carnival investigates masking from the perspective of carnival in Trinidad and Tobago.  The work was supported by the a research trip to the Dance and Performance Institute of Trinidad and Tobago, under the direction of Makeda Thomas.  Each performer attended the institute in January of 2014 with Dance Company of Middlebury Artistic Director, Christal Brown.

Somewhere in a Memory

Christal Brown performing to music by Cassandra Wilson in the 2012 Dance Now Festival at Joes Pub.
This is part 5 of Christal's Life Cycle Series.

Liquid Strength

Moving Questions, Ted X Middlebury 2014

Photos of Christal

Dancing in the J'Ouvert space
Article from the Trinidad and Tobago Gaurdian

Let's Talk About Race 

Art Burst and Interview with Christal Brown and Paul Zaloom
Hosted by Sandglass Theater

View on Howlround

Middlebury's Recreation Center 

The Middlebury Campus

Brushes with Greatness
Dance Teacher Magazine September, 2015

The Opulence of Integrity

Middlebury College March 16-17, 2013

This is a trailer from the premiere of Christal Brown's new work, The Opulence of Integrity, in honor of Muhammad Ali. This is Brown's first work utilizing an all male cast. The 55 minute evening length work includes projection, text by Muhammad Ali spoken by three actors, an original score by Farai Malianga, and lighting by Nick Yu-chein Hung.

A note from the choreographer:

"For me, The Opulence of Integrity is an exploration of the homogeneous inner struggle for identity as it pertains to men of color in the United States. Using the life and legacy of Muhhamad Ali as an archetype, I have been able to take an intimate look at the trappings that continually prohibit freedom. This work is dedicated to my father, brother, and uncle who fought but did not win and to my son who's battle has yet begun. Born branded by history, burdened by responsibility and inspired towards greatness requires a committed heart and an opulence of integrity." 

-Christal Brown

Collecting Carnival 2014

I'm Fine, 2011, part 4 in The Life Cycle Series