About the Choreographer
Dawn Marie Bazemore is a Philadelphia based dance artist and educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the department of Theatre and Dance at Rowan University and has served as an Artist in Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. Dawn Marie is a former member of Philadanco and has also performed featured roles in Broadway and regional musical theatre productions. Her performance of Strange Fruit, choreographed by the late Dr. Pearl Primus, is currently on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dawn Marie has been commissioned to choreograph for Philadanco and Nimbus Dance Works and has made work for her own collective DMB|#dbdanceproject. In 2018, she was selected to be a Jacob’s Pillow Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellow as well as the Dance Visions Artist in Residence at the Performance Garage. Dawn Marie’s creative work tackles the socio-political concerns of the communities to which she identifies, which she has also addressed in her essay Dance and Activism: The Practice and Impact of Sociopolitical Concert Dance published in the online journal The Dancer-Citizen. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Dawn Marie trained at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ballet Academy East and the Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn. She is a graduate of the NYC High School for Performing Arts and has earned a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from Hollins University. Dawn Marie has been awarded the Helen Tamiris award for Excellence in Dance and the 2018 ACHI Magazine Inc. Trailblazer of the Year award.
About the Collective
DMB|#dbdanceproject is a collective of dance artists committed to the process of artistic collaboration and exploration. Utilizing an eclectic combination of various movement styles stemming from her experience in concert dance and theatre, Bazemore strives to create work that is inspired by the human experience and deeply rooted in socio-political substance. The dancers exhibit a level of vulnerability and curiosity that enables them to push boundaries and create space for viewers to feel completely immersed in the performative experience.
Inspired by the life and tragic death of Kalief Browder, The Browder Project is a collaborative dance theatre work that explores the disenfranchisement of young black men, the catastrophic mental effects of solitary confinement, and the compassion of a mother trying to save her son.
In an effort to utilize art to advocate for social justice, DMB|#dbdanceproject aims to use The Browder Project to increase awareness of Kalief’s story and prevent this mishandling of justice from destroying the lives of any more young black men.
Choreography: Dawn Marie Bazemore
Original Composition: Jeff Story
Lighting Design: Nick Kolin
Costume Design: Jermaine Terry
Filmmaker: Jasmine Lynea
this work was made possible by the Rowan Seed Funding program and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
Photo credit: Kevin Monko
"Bazemore truly exhibits her strength as a choreographer and storyteller, evoking emotions, seeking truths, and forcing us to confront our own notions of social justice and a system that has become horribly flawed in America." Steven Weisz, The Dance Journal
"Dawn Marie Bazemore is the future. The former Philadanco dancer is a choreographer on the rise." Ellen Dunkel, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Bazemore’s unflinching message and choreographic inventiveness provided a dance-theater punch." Lew Whittington, The Dance Journal
January 6 APAP at Alvin Ailey Studios, NYC (Letters excerpt)
March 15 Spark and Ember at Nimbus Dance Works, Jersey City, NJ (Letters excerpt)
March 28 Breaking the Glass Ceiling: A Celebration of Women in Choreography at Rowan University, Glassboro NJ (The Browder Project)
April 19-20 Performance Garage DanceVisions Residency, Philadelphia, PA (Letters & The Browder Project)
October 5 American Dance Guild Festival, NYC (Letters excerpt)
January 5-6 APAP Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, NYC (The Browder Project)
January 15 International Association of Blacks in Dance Festival, Philadelphia (Letters excerpt)
Advocacy and Engagement
Sheffield Global Arts Management Francine Sheffield, Founder/CEO www.sheffieldglobalarts.com firstname.lastname@example.org (917) 409-6851
Kevin Monko Steven Weisz