Camille Barton is an interdisciplinary artist, educator and embodiment researcher, who uses afrofuturism to imagine creative interventions towards systems change. Camille’s art practice weaves dance, clowning, Somatics, DJing, facilitation, film and cultural production.
In 2020 the Berlin based artist directed The Grief Portal, a sci-fi inspired short film, commissioned by Performing Borders Live and Counterpoints Arts, exploring how grieving can be generative.
Camille has performed internationally at venues including Tate Britain (London), Soho House Berlin, Camden People's Theatre (London), South Bank Centre (London) and The Trolley Dances (San Francisco).
In 2017, Camille directed and danced in Space is the Place, an Afrofuturist Sci-Fi short film, commissioned by Channel 4 Random Acts.
DJ AfroOankali serves ritual bass: a hypnotic blend of low end frequencies and polyrhythms which celebrates the Afro-Caribbean influence in electronic music, underground club culture and the healing potential of bass music.
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.:: DANCE & MOVEMENT PRACTICE ::.
Camille began dancing at three years old and has studied a variety of dance forms including Ballet, Hip Hop, Salsa, Belly Dance, Axis Syllabus and West African Dance. In 2018, they were awarded funding from Jerwood Charitable Foundation in 2018 to train at Ecole Des Sables in Senegal on the Dance Afrique programme, led by Alessandra Seutin. That same year, Camille trained in Afro-Brazilian dance (Silvestre Technique), with Roseangela Silvestre in Bahia.
As a result, Camille has developed a fusion style that draws upon many influences, whilst being rooted in African Diaspora movement forms and somatic methodologies.
In 2019, Camille completed a 200 hour Ashtanga Yoga teacher training (certified by the Yoga Alliance).
.:: CULTURAL PRODUCTION & CURATION ::.
Camille has produced a number of venues and concept spaces that fuse political activism with creative expression. In 2016, they were a co-producer of the Sistxrhood - Glastonbury festival's first womxn only venue in Shangri-La. In 2018, RE: GENERATE fused drug policy and racial justice issues with art and music. Currently Camille produces and curates the sanQtuary- an LGBTQ+ club house and utopian harm reduction venue at Shambala festival.
These projects have emerged as a result Camille's 10+ years working in festival production and immersive art curation at events including Boomtown, Burning Man, Nowhere, Symbiosis , Boom & Glastonbury.
Camille offers consultancy for festivals and events seeking to better support marginalised communities, implement immersive design or harm reduction strategies. For more info, see Offerings.