While many patrons of the arts admire and enjoy engaging with performance on a visceral level, the connection between the art and the audience is secondary to the process of creation. The journey from inception to creation of a dance work requires space, 100’s of hours of rehearsal, bodies willing to submit to the whim of imagination, saturation in conceptual liminality, trust, reverence, sweat, and release. As the landscape of art and art-making evolves to meet the needs of digital audiences, I would like to create an opportunity for patrons to engage in the process. This desire has prompted me to create the Process Pass.
The Process Pass will allow patrons to support the creation of What We Ask of Flesh and Same But Different, two choreographic works set to premiere in the Fall of 2020 and the Spring of 2021. While theaters remain closed, I alongside my collaborators author Remica Bingham, composer Farai Malianga, Lida Winfield, and the INSPIRIT ensemble will continue to create and document our conversations, rehearsals, creative epiphanies, and failures. Patrons who purchase a Process Pass will get a front row seat to the creative process in all its manifestations from solo improvisations, to musical composition sessions, artist interviews and more. While obtaining this backstage pass to the process, patrons will also ensure the creation of this work by contributing to the costs of creation. The funds generated from the Process Pass will pay for rehearsal fees, space rentals, video editing, lighting equipment, streaming services, and digital storage.
Once the work is complete Process Pass holders will receive tickets to the premiere of each work, whether in person or digital, in addition to a public acknowledgement of support.
What We Ask of Flesh is a physical examination of the capacity of human life. Christal Brown's newest piece, What We Ask of Flesh, began with a collaboration between poet and scholar Remica Bingham. Christal's goal in continuing this work alongside Bingham and composer Farai Malianga is to create a visual representation of the likenesses of humanity and to combine her historically gendered ensembles into one collaborative collective. By using her training module, Liquid Strength; as a base of communication she will endeavor to unearth a new movement dialect that speaks to assumption, articulation, appropriation, aspiration and personal truth.
"Same but Different" is a collaboration between Christal Brown and Lida Winfield, exploring their similarities and differences in a cultural commentary on race, age, and gender.
This clip is from an early work-in-progress showing where they asked the audience for four words that they would improvise with and around. The words were: sunshine, boys, waffles and darkness. Performed at Middlebury College, April 2019
Watch this video teaser to get a sense of what this performance will be like.
To gain access to both creative processes, What We Ask of Flesh and Same But Different, you can purchase the Dual Process Pass. Proceeds will be evenly distributed to support both artistic visions.
Through my non-profit organization INSPIRIT, I have decided to initiate the Black Freedom Fund. The BFF will offer assistance to black artists, families, and entrepreneurs, who due to Covid-19, a lack of resources, canceled work engagements or nominal exposure have been under-resourced.
Any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to me.
If you are in need of assistance, please fill out this form and we will be in touch.
BFF Logo design by SolSevnty
In the wake of my mothers passing I would like to honor the legacy of my mothers service as a public official and community change agent in Kinston, NC and my fathers purple heart duties in Vietnam by establishing a scholarship fund in their honor. The scholarship will begin being awarded in June of 2019 in the amount of $500 to a senior from Kinston High School who demonstrates their ability to lead, serve, and act with authenticity and humility.
Our goal of $5000 is to establish the fund and guarantee its preservation for at least 10 years. It is my hope that this campaign exceed my expectations and allow us to give more.
Thank you for your support of my parents legacy. I am because they were.
Donations can be made at https://brownfamilyscholarship.com/
Steps and Stories is a 30-day devotional written in candid, humorous, and down-to-earth truth. By using her own life as an example, Christal puts the ego at ease and lets the heart of the reader reflect on their accomplishments, heartbreaks, victories, and failures through the lens of grace.