DoublePlus: Mayte Natalio and Maleek Washington
Feb 8, 2024, 7:30 pm EST
DoublePlus: Mayte Natalio and Maleek Washington
Mentor/Curator: Camille A. Brown
February 8-10, 2024
The Theater (Studio H)
7:30 PM ET
General Admission: $25 + $2 fee
Groups 10+: $22.50 + fee (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for purchasing options)
DOUBLEPLUS embraces the artist-as-curator format to present fully produced split-bill evenings featuring artists deserving of new and wider visibility curated by established artists. Learn more about Gibney’s residency and commissioning program here. DoublePlus returns for the 2023/2024 season with two distinct programs. Enjoy three evenings of performance curated by mentor Camille A. Brown that feature works by Mayte Natalio and Maleek Washington.
A highly accomplished choreographer and performer with several impressive film, television, regional, off-Broadway, and Broadway production credits, Mayte Natalio will present a world premiere for Gibney Presents: Double Plus. Natalio is a long-time collaborator of Camille A. Brown, having worked together on various projects, including For Colored Girls Who Consider Suicide When the Rainbow Isn’t Enough.
Maleek Washington received a 2021 Bessie Award nomination for “Outstanding Breakout Choreographer” and was named a 2022 Princess Grace Award winner for choreography. His multi-disciplinary experimental performance works investigate the people, practices, and spaces shaping his Black identity. This winter, Washington will bring the world premiere of the convO (working title) to Gibney. The work will feature performances by celebrated singer/songwriter Kamauu, multi-disciplinary spoken word artist Daniel Watts, and pianist Kwinton Gray.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Mayte Natalio is from Queens, New York by way of Dominican parents. She studied at the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts and SUNY Purchase (BFA). Mayte began her career as a concert dancer and has performed and toured nationally and internationally with several companies, including the Parsons Dance Company, Camille A. Brown and Dancers, Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M and Darrell Moultrie. She has also performed with pop artists Mylene Farmer and Kanye West as well as in several regional and off-Broadway productions. TV and film credits include episodes of Neil Patrick Harris’s “Best Time Ever,” “Project Runway All Stars,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” (also assistant choreographer to Camille A. Brown), Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Amazon Prime’s “Harlem.” Theater choreography credits include The Winter’s Tale (DTC/ Public Works), Runaways (NYU), Into The Woods (Barrington Stage Company), Measure for Measure (The Public Theater/ Mobile Unit 2019), Love in Hate Nation (Two River Theater), Hair (The Old Globe), Kiss My Aztec (Hartford Stage), How To Dance In Ohio (La Hora Santa written, directed and choreographed by Mayte for Ars Nova’s Vision Residency and Kiss My Aztec (Hartford Stage). Broadway: Associate Choreographer, For Colored Girls…
A native New Yorker, Maleek Washington is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist at Broadway Dance Center. Previously, Maleek has worked with Sia, Kyle Abraham, Rihanna, ASAP Rocky and is currently a collaborator with Camille A. Brown and Dancers. While also creating an extensive career as a teaching artist, Washington has taught at Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary, Boston Conservatory, LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, Bard College, Move|NYC|, and NYU Tisch to name a few. With multidisciplinary, experiential performance works that investigate the people, practices, and spaces shaping Washington’s black identity, he is proud to have presented his art in 2017 at the Boston Dance Festival, Pepatian and BAAD!, Periapsis Dance and Music Noesis, and at the legendary Movement Research at Judson Church in 2018. Washington is also a 2017-18 Dancing While Black top 10 choreographic finalist. Gibney granted Mr. Washington an evening length show in 2019. Maleek was nominated for a 2021 Bessie Award for “Outstanding Breakout Choreographer” and was named a 2022 Princess Grace Award winner for choreography. Maleek has been a collaborator, performer, assistant and associate choreographer to Camille A. Brown for seven seasons. Learn more
Camille A. Brown
Camille A. Brown is a prolific Black choreographer whose work taps into both ancestral and contemporary stories to capture a range of deeply personal experiences and cultural narratives of African American identity. Through the medium of dance, she is successfully balancing careers in Stage, TV, and Film. As artistic director of Camille A. Brown & Dancers, she strives to instill curiosity and reflection in diverse audiences through her emotionally raw and thought-provoking work. Her trilogy on race culture and identity has won accolades: Mr. TOL E. RAncE (2012) was honored with a Bessie Award; BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015) was Bessie-nominated; and ink (2017) premiered at The Kennedy Center to critical acclaim. Most recently, Brown made her Broadway directorial debut for the Broadway revival of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, making her the first Black woman to direct and choreograph a Broadway show since Katherine Dunham in 1955. The production received seven Tony Award nominations including Best Direction of a Play and Best Choreography. The New York Times proclaimed the production “triumphant.” For more information, visit www.camilleabrown.org.
Photo Credit: Mayte Natalio by The Ginger Beard Men (left) & Maleek Washington by Mark Mann (right)