HILARY BROWN is a New York City based interdisciplinary choreographer and performer, originally from Toronto, Canada. Brown graduated from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, and has since participated in projects with internationally renowned dance and visual artists including Bouchra Ouizguen, Jillian Peña, Melissa Riker, Doug Elkins, Linda Tegg and Candice Breitz.
In 2013 she co-founded the performance collective, Same As Sister (S.A.S.) with Briana Brown-Tipley. The sisters’ works/commissions, which are at the intersection of live and digital forms, have been presented at venues in Greece, Italy, France, Canada and the United States: Video Art Miden screenings at Kinitiras, Marmo - Libreria d’Arte Contemporanea, MOMus - State Museum of Contemporary Art and the Archaeological Museum of Messenia, AUNTS at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, Danspace Project (Platform 2018), Centre d'Art Marnay Art Centre (2017 Artist Program Residents), Movement Research and Bailout Theater at Judson Memorial Church, BRIC Arts | Media House (2015 BRIClab Residents), Dancemakers Centre for Creation and New York Live Arts (2014-15 Fresh Tracks Residents), among others. S.A.S. were Finalists for the Jerome Foundation’s 2019-2020 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships in Dance, and are the Recipients of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ 2017 Emergency Grant in Dance. In 2020, the collective will premiere their newest commission for Women in Motion NYC, A PIECE WITHOUT A NAME (working title), through The Bang Group’s Soaking Wet Series at the Flea Theater, and will be in a month-long creation and performance residency for THE EXCITING EVENT…, hosted by Base: Experimental Arts + Space in Seattle, Washington.
Brown formed HB² PROJECTS in 2017, as a choreographic platform to expand her collaborations in performance. Over the past two years, HB² PROJECTS has created and presented an evening-length performance, NEW YORK SKETCHES: So The People Came, with composer and conductor, Lamy Istrefi Jr. | Musical Minds Orchestra (MMO) at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (Exploring the Metropolis’ 2017-18 Choreographer + Composer Residents), as well as an interactive duo/quartet, YOU ARE SOMEONE ELSE (TOO), with Norwegian dance artist, Kristina Hay at Judson Memorial Church (Movement Research at the Judson Church), Socrates Sculpture Park (Norte Maar’s 2018 Dance at Socrates Residents) and The Castle Rockaway (The Beach Sessions x AUNTS). HB²’s upcoming project, ISABELLA 545, a collaboration with French film writer and director, Clara Leac, will utilize multi-location and live-video streaming experiences to critique and manipulate (mis-) representations of female identity and intimacy, through psychological and technological lenses.
Image: © Briana Brown-Tipley | YN/OT