MEET DANTE BROWN // CHAPTER 4 ARTIST

Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance is a collaborative group of movement artists under the direction of Dante Brown that generates compelling thematic environments within a process of physical and theoretical inquiry. DB|WD produces work that is approachable, satirical by nature, and physically innovative. Since its founding in 2010, DB|WD has had the opportunity to show work across the country, including Bates College, Columbus Dance Theater, Dixon Place, Gowanus Art and Production, Hillsborough Community College, LaMaMa Moves Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church, The New Museum, Sam Houston State University, and Triskelion Arts.

DB|WD brings to CRAWL: Chapter 4 the World Premiere of Soapbox (LP). Using contemporary movement that incorporates modern, jazz and hip-hop sensibilities, this work investigates how stealing operates as a cultural tool to maintain imbalanced power dynamics based on race and class in American culture. Using popular music from the 1950’s and beyond, this work whimsically addresses the vast range of voices that are deemed important in popular culture through lip-synching, investigative physicality, and humor. Soapbox (LP) questions perspective, value and weight through a formula of satirical and innovative expression.

" 'The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break that silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.'
-Audre Lorde
During times of such racial turmoil, do we believe our thin masks of calculated kindness prevent those dynamics of inequality to permeate into our field?
As a QPOC (queer person of color), referring to my body as anything other than a site of blessings, because I still exist, is an act of omission. Referring to any POC’s body as an animal, is not comedy, it’s racism. Being proud of being able to exist does not make you a diva; it confirms that you have value in a system that is perpetually trying to tell you otherwise.
We have begun to confuse criticism with throwing shade/hate. Let’s share. Let’s give feedback. Let’s learn from one another and continue to blossom as a community, but check your privilege first."
-writings and inspiration by Dante Brown for Soapbox (LP)