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In this video, Brandon Kazen-Maddox, a Grandchild of Deaf Adults (GODA) performs a live, acrobatic dance version of the song ‘I Won’t Give Up’ originally performed by American singer-songwriter Jason Mraz. The song was written by Jason Mraz and Michael Natter, and produced by Joe Chiccarelli.
Since 2010, Brandon has been living and working in San Francisco, CA, honing his skills in technical dance, Chinese and Russian-style circus acrobatics and perfecting the performance of his first language, American Sign Language (ASL).
Brandon hopes to one day work with Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and hearing individuals from around the world to create new, innovative works of art incorporating dance and acrobatics with deeply-analyzed translations of poems, songs and ASL stories.
Brandon’s dream is to create an anthology of various ASL-glossed and written poems, songs and stories and add technical dance and high-quality acrobatic skills to their already rich and descriptive storylines. Sharing his acrobatic and dance skills is Brandon’s passion and he intends to spend his life spreading his art throughout the world and affecting as many people as he can in the most positive way possible.
‘It is the transmission of language through culture that allows a language to thrive. We can honor the essence and spirit of American Sign Language by understanding its rich history, familiarizing ourselves with its comprehensive linguistic properties, and learning from the Deaf individuals who identify with and express themselves in ASL.’ – Brandon Kazen-Maddox
This performance was given at the Bay Area Deaf Dance Festival 2014 in San Francisco, CA and filmed courtesy of 1 Take Wonders.
To discover more, you can find Brandon’s other ASL music videos on YouTube as well as his website on facebook@body.language.productions.
If you would like to work with Brandon, please reach out to him via email at brandon.kazen.maddox@gmail.com.
Thank you for watching!

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