Choreographer, Performer and Educator
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. Ms. Dunn is committed to bring dance and interdisciplinary performance into classrooms and communities locally and globally, organizing and facilitating educational and community outreach programs in collaboration with entities such as Multicultural Arts Center Cambridge (Cambridge, MA), People’s Kitchen (Oakland, CA) Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice (L.A., CA), Arcadia Performing Arts Center (Arcadia, CA), Massachusetts College of Art Interdisciplinary Workshop Graduate Seminar (Boston, MA), Los Angeles Unified School District Santee Education Complex (LA, CA), Rhythm and Flow Workshop Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA and Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica), Moving Our Bodies Workshop Mujeres del Mundo (Bilbao, Spain), and Balé Folclórico da Bahia (Salvador, Brazil).
Her awards and memberships include; AEA, Associate Member of SDC, California Arts Council Cultural Pathways Grant; LA Department of Cultural Affairs Scholarship Award for the 30th International Association of Blacks in Dance Annual Conference; Caroline H. Newhouse Grant; Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Fellowship; and Alvin Ailey Fellowship Award.
Ms. Dunn holds an MFA in choreography from California Institute of the Arts Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and a BA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is certified in Horton pedagogy level 1 and 2 from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center in New York and E-RYT Vinyasa yoga. Currently Ms. Dunn is dance faculty at CalArts Sharon Disney Lund School of dance and Pasadena Dance Theatre.