Created and Performed by Lida Winfield and Christal Brown

Premiere: Jan 30th (7:00 PM Eastern)

Produced by: The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

Support by: Middlebury Performing Arts Series and The National Performance Network


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

The pre-taped show premieres January 30th at 7:00 pm EST and is available through February 6th. Tickets can be purchased and redeemed any time within that period. After purchase, the content will be available for viewing in the digital content section of your Flynn online account.  Christal and Lida will hold a LIVE post-show discussion that is open to all viewers on opening night at the 7:00 pm performance.

"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. 41 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.


Christal Brown 

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


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 has prompted us to create the Process Pass.   


The Process Pass will allow patrons to support the creation of Same But Different, which is set to premiere in the Fall of 2020 and the Spring of 2021. While theaters remain closed, Christal and I 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.

Same But Different Process Pass: 



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