HILARY BROWN-ISTREFI 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 including Video Art Miden exhibitions at Kinitiras, Athens; Marmo - Libreria d’Arte Contemporanea, Forlì; MOMus - State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki; and the Archaeological Museum of Messenia, Kalamata; Centre d'Art Marnay Art Centre, Marnay-sur-Seine (2017 Artist Program Residents); Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Toronto; AUNTS at La MaMa Experimental Theater Club; Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018) at Danspace Project; Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church; BRIC Arts | Media House (2015 BRIClab Residents); and New York Live Arts (2014-15 Fresh Tracks Residents), NYC. S.A.S. are the recipients of a New York Foundation for the Arts’ 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Choreography; a Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ 2017 Emergency Grant in Dance; and were finalists for the Jerome Foundation’s 2019-20 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship in Dance. During 2020-21, the collective will premiere two commissions, Kallax for Women in Motion NYC; and This is NOT a Remount for Danielle Baskerville with Citadel + Compagnie, as part of The Miserere Project (Bright Nights 2021 - 40th Anniversary Celebration of David Earle’s Miserere). They will also participate in a creation residency for their project, The Exciting Event…, at 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 the evening-length, 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 the 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).
Image: © Briana Brown-Tipley | YN/OT