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What We Ask of Flesh, began in collaboration with poet and scholar Remica Bingham. Aligning Bingham’s text with personal narratives, soundscapes by Faria Malianga, and the clarifying eye of dramaturg Arielle Brown, What We Ask of Flesh delivers an analysis of the capacity of a human life.
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What We Ask of Flesh is a physical examination of the capacity of human life. Christal has been in dialogue with this idea for four years through a series of works entitled; What We Ask of Flesh: Endurance (Elon University 2019) What We Ask of Flesh: Journey (Keene State 2019) What We Ask of Flesh: Compassion (Middlebury College 2018) What We Ask of Flesh: Understanding (Boston Dance Complex 2018) What We Ask of Flesh: Survival (EMIA 2017). Full work to premier at Flynn Space in Burlington, VT.
Christal Brown's newest piece, What We Ask of Flesh, began with a collaboration between poet and scholar Remica Bingham. The goal of the partnership was to bring Bingham’s book What We Ask of Flesh to life through movement.
Through solo exploration, a residency with her company, and commissioned based works, What We Ask of Flesh has seen many variations. As the work continues to develop Christal hopes to dive deeper into the gaps between our aspirations and reality as she collaborates with Bingham and composer Farai Malianga.
Christal's goal in continuing this work is to create a visual representation of the likenesses of humanity and to combine my 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.
Elon University, 2019
The Opulence of Integrity is a theatrical, multimedia ensemble work inspired by the public life and inner searching of boxing's outspoken superstar, Muhammad Ali. Inspired by Ali’s career as a boxer and life as a social activist, public martyr, and human being, choreographer Christal Brown deploys her eclectic movement vernacular to illustrate the turmoil of a life infused by divinity yet misinterpreted by humanity.
2011 part 4 in The Life Cycle Series
Christal Brown performing to music by Cassandra Wilson in the 2012 Dance Now Festival at Joes Pub.
This is part 5 of Christal's Life Cycle Series.