SAME BUT DIFFERENT
Created and Performed by Lida Winfield and Christal Brown
Composers: Philippe Bronchtein and Farai Malianga
Director of photography: Sam Kann
Assistant camera: Matteo Moretti
Dramaturg: Michole Biancosino
Lighting designer: Jennifer Ponder
Costume design: Carol Wood
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. 42 years young and recently orphaned, Lida grew up in the North, Christal grew up in the South, both of them grew up inhabiting small towns. Lida is white, Christal is black. As children, Christal was considered a genius and Lida was labeled dumb. At this point in their lives, Lida and Christal have both lived the rigors of being artists, professors, educators, and survivors of life.
Same But Different was created with support from Middlebury Performing Arts Series, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts and the National Performance Network.
Christal Brown is the Founder of INSPIRIT and Project:BECOMING, the creator of the Liquid Strength training module for dance, an Associate Professor of Dance at Middlebury College and the CVO of Steps and Stages Coaching, LLC. Brown received a BFA in Dance and a minor in Business from UNCG and her MFA in New Media Art and Technology from LIU. Brown is a native of Kinston, NC where while serving as her mother’s sidekick, she learned the mechanisms of cultural organizing and the organic synthesis of art and activism. Her path of self-discovery has been influenced by trailblazers such as Chuck Davis, Bill T. Jones, Andrea E. Woods, Liz Lerman, Bebe Miller, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Brown is a mover and a warrior of change and transformation. Brown combines her athleticism, creativity, love for people, and passion for teaching to create works that redefine the art of dance, the creation of identity and structures of power. For additional information please visit ChristalBrown.com.
Below are the two classes we have been offering connected to Same but Different. We are also happy to costume design workshops based on what you think is best for your community.
What’s your story?
Explore how your personal history can be used as inspiration to make your own original choreography. In this workshop Christal Brown and Lida Winfield will explore the techniques of visual storytelling, embodied truth and personal narrative. All bodies and abilities welcome.
A Body of Knowledge for Educators:
In this workshop Lida Winfield and Christal Brown will guide participants through an experiential investigation of identity through movement, writing and reflection. The goals of this hands-on workshop will include assessing bias and intercultural histories as well as practical tools for kinesthetic classroom engagement.
SAME BUT DIFFERENT PROCESS PASS
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, we wanted to create an opportunity for patrons to engage in the process. This desire prompted us to create the Process Pass.
The Process Pass allowed patrons to support the creation of Same But Different. While theaters remain closed, Christal and I continued to create and document our conversations, rehearsals, creative epiphanies, and failures. Patrons who purchased a Process Pass gained 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 were able to ensure the creation of this work by contributing to the costs of creation. The funds generated from the Process Pass paid for rehearsal fees, space rentals, video editing, lighting equipment, streaming services, and digital storage.
Although the initial premiere has come and gone, the evolution of this work continues. As we seek to bring the performance to a wider audience, and as we develop workshops and plan additional performances, we invite your support through the ongoing Process Pass.