B. DUNN MOVEMENT

Please support B. Dunn Movement in developing our important immersive dance theatre work ECHO: Immersive Experience! 

ECHO: Immersive Experience (EIE) is the newest full-length performance piece by B. Dunn Movement. Using modular vignettes, this piece weaves together historic narratives of the kidnapping and enslavement of tens of millions of African bodies during the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, and the contemporary realities of their descendants. EIE combines live performance and AR/VR technologies to create fully immersive and unique experiences for each participant/audience member. B.Dunn Movement is creating EIE with an understanding that the current realities of COVID-19 require artists to adapt their forms to meet audiences in new ways, using new platforms.

“EIE unpacks legacies of cultural trauma and gives context to modern experiences of race, and how the violence of history has echoed through time. It is a story of survival, told eloquently and with reverence by those whose ancestors survived the journey.”

Brigette Dunn-Korpela, Artistic Director, B. Dunn Movement
Soloist from @bdunnmovement standing on stage in spotlight and reaching back in a lunge.

In March of 2014 ECHO premiered at the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts. ECHO examined issues of race, identity and the value of Black life on a global level. Following the premier, ECHO was brought to Boston for a two week residency at the Multicultural Arts Center, East Cambridge, MA. ECHO has since been performed and utilized as a teaching tool for audiences and schools throughout the L.A. area. In July, 2020, Artistic Director Brigette Dunn-Korpela was selected for CultureHub’s 2020-2021 Residency Program in the “Creator” category for her work on the next phase of ECHO, ECHO: Immersive Experience (EIE).

B. Dunn Movement is at a critical point in its development as we build this complex work, layering dance, music, narrative, and visual design. As the demographics of Los Angeles neighborhoods and beyond continue to shift in the face of rapid gentrification and increased violence towards Black
people, B. Dunn Movement is dedicated to ensuring this work is accessible to audiences of diverse race, class and origin in a way that offers continued conversation and acts as a catalyst for change.

Please visit our website to learn more about B.Dunn Movement.

Soloist from @bdunnmovement standing on stage in spotlight and reaching back in a lunge.

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1976 S. La Cienega Blvd. Ste. C216
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Brigette Dunn-Korpela is a choreographer, performer and educator. Through dance she calls upon ancestral memory and ritual to understand the cultural and personal narratives that reside inside her being. Using her body as a vessel for creative-kinetic expression and healing, she creates work that challenges culturally biased norms and navigate the web of historic and contemporary racism and sexism that persists in our culture.  Her choreographic works have appeared in the following festivals and events: Day for Night Geffen @ MOCA, Blueroof Studios, L.A. Dance Festival, REDCAT, BlakTina 5 Dance Festival, Echo Society-Family VI, Taste of Soul/Dance All Day Festival, Visual Artist Group, Plaza Del Sol Performance Hall, MiMoDa Studio, Jazz on the Lawn, Dance in Dire Times Miles Memorial Playhouse, as well as Multicultural Arts Center, (Cambridge, MA,) and Mobius (Boston, MA).   Ms. Dunn’s performance career includes the first National U.S. Tour of The Lion King as dance captain and dancer swing, and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, appearing at such venues as the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Brooklyn Academy of Music (NY), NJPAC (NJ), Aaron Davis Hall (NY), Guggenheim Museum (NY) and Gomhouria Theatre of the Cairo Opera House, Egypt, to name a few. She has performed works by noted choreographers Ronald K. Brown, Katherine Dunham, Talley Beaty, Donald Mckayle and Eleo Pomare. 

Rosalie Tucker has spent the last 15 years as an Arts Administrator and Educator, using this platform to support access to and engagement with artistic experiences for all. She weaves her background in dance and theater into everything she does, centering the role of artistic expression and equity in her work. Rosalie is currently the Managing Director of B. Dunn Movement and Theater, a performance art company based in LA that creates work revealing the universal spirit of our shared humanity. Ms. Tucker previously served as the Director of Education and Visitor Experience at the Cayton Children’s Museum, and the Head of School and Teacher Programs at the Skirball Cultural Center. She specializes in designing arts-integrated curriculum for students and arts-based professional development and training for others in the education and non-profit sectors. Prior to her years in museums, she was a teaching artist in public schools and worked professionally as a dancer, puppeteer and choreographer.  Ms. Tucker is committed to community activism and to uplifting the lives of other Black and Queer people. In 2020 she started a mutual-aid effort with her partner which provides food, financial assistance, and other necessary items to QTIPOC people across LA. In 2017 she helped to start the Undoing Racism Los Angeles Collective (URLA) an organizing collaboration of individuals who are committed to anti-racist work within the cultural landscape of LA and surrounding areas. She holds a BA in dance and choreography from the UCLA World Arts and Cultures Department