DNA Comedy’s ‘We Real Grown’ at Triskelion Arts

Bust a move and a gut: ‘Comedy in Dance’ fest features grooving grannies

By Sarah Iannone - Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com

Muumuu mamas: Brooklyn comedy-dance troupe DNA Comedy will dress like their grandmas and dance to Beyonce’s “Grown Woman: as part of Triskelion Arts’s annual “Comedy in Dance Festival” on April 3. Photo © DNA Comedy

Muumuu mamas: Brooklyn comedy-dance troupe DNA Comedy will dress like their grandmas and dance to Beyonce’s “Grown Woman: as part of Triskelion Arts’s annual “Comedy in Dance Festival” on April 3. Photo © DNA Comedy


Did you hear the one about the dancers who wanted to make their audience laugh?

On April 3, Brooklyn comedy-dance collective DNA Comedy will combine both art forms on stage when its members dress up as old ladies in muumuus and dance to Beyonce’s “Grown Woman” as part of Triskelion Arts’s annual “Comedy in Dance Festival” in Williamsburg.

“We dress like little old ladies but we’re very fierce and sexy old ladies, even though we are older,” said Downtown resident Denae Hannah, the founder of DNA Comedy.

Expect to see choreography from a Beyonce concert, but reinterpreted for the physical limitations of senior citizens, said Hannah. The performance is meant to make audiences laugh, but it is also a tribute to the older women in the dancers’ lives who can still cut a rug.

“A lot of us still have elderly women in our families who are still doing it,” said Hannah, who has studied both performance and choreography at Florida State University and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Many of the muumuus the dancers will be wearing on stage are also hand-me-downs from their grandmothers and aunts, she added.

In addition to the group’s grooving grannies, the performance, titled “We Real Grown,” was also inspired by dance troupe “the Fly Girls” from ’90s sketch comedy series “In Living Color,” Hannah explained.

“I thought about how the Fly Girls are old now and how it’d be funny if we were actually old. It’s like a sort of parody,” she said.

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