Camille A. Brown is on a roll. This spring, she’ll make history as the first Black woman in 65 years to both direct and choreograph a Broadway production, with the premier of her adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. But Brown is used to making history—she was the first Black director of a main-stage Metropolitan Opera production last fall, when she choreographed and co-directed Fire Shut Up in My Bones. Brown’s work has been on the big screen—she choreographed Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, with Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman—and she was nominated for a Tony for her work in 2019’s Choir Boy. Suffice to say, Brown is a busy woman. Lucky for us, she’s found the time to bring her award-winning company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts this April. The company will showcase Brown’s bold artistic vision, which embraces African American and Black American traditions, running the gamut from ancient African dances and modern hip-hop to playground double Dutch with energy and emotion. There’s no doubt you’ll see Brown’s work on a big screen in the future, but the chance to catch her live may not come again for a while. April 2 at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Dr., Fairfax. $33–$51.
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