By Manuel Mendoza, via https://www.dallasnews.com/
In the second part of her trilogy about African-American identity, celebrated choreographer Camille A. Brown attempts to overcome stereotypes by investigating the childhood games of black girls.
Brown was inspired by Kyra D. Gaunt’s 2006 book, The Games Black Girls Play, which argues that hand-clapping songs, cheers and jump-rope games like the double Dutch reflect and are an underappreciated source of black music and culture.
“I realized that I was exhausted by stereotypes and tropes because, as a black female director, I battle with them daily,” she writes in the notes to BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play, to be performed in Dallas when Camille A. Brown & Dancers opens arts presenter TITAS’ season on Aug. 24-25.
“I started thinking about my childhood and the many games I used to play — double Dutch, red light/green light, Marco Polo — and how it was hard for me to find narratives within the media that showcased black girls being just that: girls. This instantly resonated and became personal. Who was I before …