Hilary Brown | Mother/Mouse King/et. al.

Hilary Brown is a NYC based choreographer/performer, originally from Toronto. She graduated from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, and has since performed for international dance and visual artists, such as Bouchra Ouizguen, Jillian Peña, 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. S.A.S.’s interdisciplinary works/commissions have been presented at venues in the US, Canada, France, Greece and Italy including Video Art Miden exhibitions at Kinitiras, Marmo – Libreria d’Arte Contemporanea, MOMus – State Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Archaeological Museum of Messenia; Danspace Project; Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre; Movement Research at the Judson Church; BRIC Arts | Media House; Dancemakers Centre for Creation; and New York Live Arts. They 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. Brown formed HB² PROJECTS in 2017, as a choreographic platform to expand her collaborations in performance. HB² has created and presented the evening-length, New York Sketches: So The People Came, with composer/conductor, Lamy Istrefi Jr. | Musical Minds Orchestra at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning; and the interactive duo, You Are Someone Else (Too), with Norwegian dance artist, Kristina Hay at Movement Research at the Judson Church; Socrates Sculpture Park; and The Castle Rockaway. sameassister.squarespace.com | hbsquaredprojects.com

Tell us about your first time seeing The Nutcracker.

The first time I saw The Nutcracker was actually in book form, when I was six years old. My mom had found a retelling of the original story by the famous Canadian ballerina, producer/director and filmmaker, Veronica Tennant, with beautiful illustrations by the famous Canadian figure-skater and painter, Toller Cranston. I instantly fell in love with the magical world Clara was transported through within its pages. I was even more excited when I saw the live-production performed by The National Ballet of Canada shortly after. The book came to life for me then!

What’s the most meaningful gift you’ve ever received and/or given?

The most meaningful gift I’ve both received and gave, was when my mom bought flights home for my sister and I, so we could surprise our dad for the holidays. My dad was so surprised and happy to see us, and it meant so much for us to be in Toronto with our family for Christmas while we were away at college in Montréal.

Clara and the Prince dance in so many exciting places! Where would you most want to dance?

I’d most want to dance in Morocco, which is one of the spots that you’ll get to visit with Clara-Marie and the Prince during their journey around the world in My First Nutcracker! I’m fascinated by this country’s history and culture, and I’m certain I’d learn so many new dances if I were to travel there.

My favorite children’s book is… because…

My favorite children’s book is The Sound of Colors, because it’s the story of a young blind girl who uses her imagination to find the beauty in everyday things, like riding the city subway.

Families should see My First Nutcracker because they’ll get to learn and dance the story of The Nutcracker while meeting magical characters in magical places!