WORK

OUR LIPS

Our Lips is an ongoing social engagement project inspired by Malcolm Ingram’s 2006 documentary Small Town Gay Bar. Dante Brown is traveling to rural and suburban communities across the United States and collecting stories — stories of love, support and healing pertaining to individual experiences within the LGBTQIA communities. Recording only the lips of community members as they share their experiences, we aim to spread awareness, build a network of support and uplift unheard voices.

By tapping into the experiences of those who undergo the daily practice of resistance, perseverance and compassion, our goal is to showcase the shared experiences of diverse communities. The Our Lips project is in its early stages and may culminate in a gallery online or on exhibit. We hope anyone who shares their story with us will agree to be part of this gallery of voices, but no stories will be shared publicly without your consent.

SOCIAL PLAQUE

Social Plaque began as a technical exercise – how to honor five separate bodies and individual strengths in one dynamic dance. It became a work about one versus the group, one trying to fit in. In Social Plaque, we question how ideas of “right” relationships are fed to us through popular culture, in soap operas, reality shows and more. We explore bodies interacting and take a tongue in cheek look at the idea of belonging. Through the purposeful display of individual strengths and fleeting moments of intimacy, Social Plaque depicts how malleable relationships are: quickly shaped, collapsible, and molded into different forms.

Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Social Plaque
Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Social Plaque
Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Social Plaque

PACKAGE

Package began as a male trio that explored the term “bromance” and its association with masculinity and a straight male aversion towards potential homoerotic encounters. Package gloried in all of the satisfaction, limitations and baggage of bromance. It explored the positive and negative ways male bodies are depicted in popular culture. It was a lighthearted look at a fine line between how men relate.

Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Package
Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Package
Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Package

PACKAGE REVAMPED

Now, four years after its premiere, Package has developed into a work for eight dancers of any gender. The work still pushes performers to emotional and physical extremes of exertion and now demonstrates the ambiguity of the physical acts we associate with masculinity and femininity. A new version with old roots in team sports and athleticism, Package is a new piece for a new era, one where all social roles are worth examining.

Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Package
Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Package
Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Package

SOAPBOX (LP)

Using contemporary movement that incorporates modern, jazz and hip-hop sensibilities, Soapbox (LP) investigates how appropriation contributes to power dynamics based in race and class in American culture. Set to popular music from the 1950s and beyond, this work investigates how African-American musical style was pressed into service for the white popular music industry and explores the shifting power dynamics in the social landscapes pop music creates. Through lip-synching, explosive physicality and satirical tone, Soapbox (LP) examines what it means to “have a voice” and its association with power. Ultimately, the work questions who is allowed control of these platforms of power and how we, as a culture, respond.

…combinations of emotional highs and lows, laughter and discomfort,…. a stunning and thought-provoking work about which voices get heard in the popular and political landscape.”
– Jessica Abejar, BroadwayWorld.com

…combinations of emotional highs and lows, laughter and discomfort,…. a stunning and thought-provoking work about which voices get heard in the popular and political landscape.”
– Jessica Abejar, BroadwayWorld.com

Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Soapbox
Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Soapbox
Dante Brown Warehouse Dance Soapbox

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Danté Brown | Warehouse Dance is available for productions during the 2017-18 season and beyond. We are represented by Pentacle Arts.

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