Bernard Brown/bbmoves, founded in 2014, began as a call to action. Inspired by arts and social justice movements of the past and present, Bernard Brown/bbmoves aims to serve as a conduit for the oppressed to express their voices. Artistic Director, Bernard Brown, has been featured in the New York and Los Angeles Times for his Dance Activism. The company also seeks to preserve the legacy of historic dance works. Bernard Brown/bbmoves has been presented at Royce Hall, REDCAT, Aratani Theatre, Highways Performance Space, Fowler Museum, ODC Theater, Los Angeles Dance Festival (Diavolo Dance Space), HomeLA, Japanese American National Museum, Miles Memorial Playhouse, and the Crocker Art Museum. The company's work has been supported by the City of Los Angeles' Department of Cultural Affairs, Sacramento State University, and Dance/USA. The company has collaborated with Steven T. Gordon, emerging Los Angeles artist DeFacto X, and with jazz great, Kenny Burrell.
Inspired by arts and social justice movements of the past and present, Bernard Brown/bbmoves aims to serve as a conduit for the oppressed to express their voices. Centralizing African Diasporic movement, our mission is to create and present dance theater performance and educational engagement that welcomes and challenges our audiences (and collaborators) to collectively celebrate the diverse, intersectional richness across the African Diaspora, interrogate systems that marginalize communities, and conspire for a clearer understanding of our shared humanity.
Organizational Programs and Services
Bernard Brown/bbmoves aspires to be a beacon for synthesization of dance creation, performance and education that prioritizes the stories of people of African Diaspora. We accomplish this through: Artistic collaboration through research, investigation and refinement; Employing dance artivism (art + activism) as the vehicle to shift cultural and socio-economic imbalances; Nurturing artivists from novice to professional by providing access through dance education and mentorship; Building community through strategic partnerships; Inspiring audiences to strengthen community through artivism.