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violent as BIRTH dramatic as DEATHKevin Brown, Cincinnati, OH

Venue 1211 Jackson Street
Running Time 45 minutes
First Time? New Participant
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Tags Dance, Interdisciplinary,





Thursday, May 30 @ 9:30pm
Saturday, June 1 @ 5:00pm
Sunday, June 2 @ 9:00pm
Wednesday, June 5 @ 7:15pm


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Fighting for internal freedom through movement, Shakespeare, poetry and film.

violent as BIRTH dramatic as DEATH depicts the internal violence and drama that occurs when one questions stereotyping, impatience, gender complexities, the nature of living, sacrifice and the value of one’s artistry. Through the use of 1950’s educational films we witness that some of the same social norms presented in these films still exist in today’s culture. Freedom from these conditioned ways is the core of this performance art piece and is expressed through the use of film, Shakespeare monologues, original poetry and choreography. This is a protest…and my story.

Started as just an idea! Last fall, I was cast in the CCM Mainstage musical and decided it would be more important to commit my time towards developing this idea. Making that decision has totally changed my life. Creating is now my addiction…the possibilities are endless!


southern suburban skill with a color coated heart.
ccm graduate who knows where to start:
with his heart.
with his art.
to part could cause friction.
an internal infliction but it can’t beat the benedictions
through the ways and means
of the secrets in between.
a healthy dose of movement, raps in front of a screen.
i scream with every move
every line.
what’s to prove?
to understand and demand that with your heart, we take a stand.
pulsing bleeding from command
in your hand – right hand!
please stand.
right hand!  Place it over your wound.
blood now red but once was blue.
i’m no idea of what is “new”
but a guttural explosion.
with a motion that has form.
visions BORN
from the waves in my head.
tidal waves in my head.
to the waves that have been said
they weren’t born, I’d be dead.
a body covered all in red.
for my art I would bleed.
i look for color in between
and then i SPILLL it...i SPILLL it daily in my prayers.
i’m no idea.  
i wish to share.  
i’m kevin brown. 
i really care.

Past Fringe Festivals:


Violent as Birth Dramatic as Death (Review)- By: Kathy Valin