PROGRAM: (Running time 100 minutes including intermission )
All works are choreographed by Ronald K. Brown.
WHY YOU FOLLOW/ POR QUE SIGUES, Music by Zap Mama and others, Originally performed by Malpaso Dance Company/Cuba
LESSONS: March (excerpt), Text by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. , Music by Bobby McFerrin
ON EARTH TOGETHER, Music by Stevie Wonder
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Last with White Bird in 2005, Evidence returns with a vibrant and uplifting musical program, set to scores ranging from Stevie Wonder to Belgian-Congolese singer Zap Mama.
Sponsored By: JIM & SUSAN WINKLER and WELLS FARGO BANK
Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence is based in Brooklyn, New York. With their diverse backgrounds, Brown and his brilliant dancers use dance and storytelling to promote understanding of the human experience. Along with contemporary choreography Brown integrates traditional African dance, movement, and rhythms that connect us to history, beauty, spirituality, and community.
∙ Brown is an advocate for the growth of the African American dance community, and uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms.
∙ Brown’s choreography is in high demand, and has appeared on numerous companies including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Philadanco, Ballet Hispanico, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, and Ko-Thi Dance Company to name a few.
∙ Brown has received numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bessie Award, a Black Theater Alliance Award, and an Audelco Award for his choreography of Regina Taylor’s musical “Crowns”
∙ Ronald K. Brown/ Evidence’s mission is to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling, and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken work, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation.
∙ Styles of Dance: Contemporary, Modern, Senegalese Sabar, West African movement vocabularies, Afro-Caribbean dance, and contemporary urban dance from around the world.
∙ On the program, premiering in 2011, On Earth Together is inspired by and set to the music of Stevie Wonder. It is a study in compassion and relationships, not just between individuals but between individuals and the world around them.
∙ Ronald K. Brown/Evidence tours nationally and internationally not only performing, but offering master classes, and conducting lecture/demonstrations for people and students of all ages, as well.
∙ “At a time when atrocities in the name of religion dominate world news, choreographer Ronald K. Brown reminds audiences how faith can unite us, heal us and help us get through the worst that life and human nature can inflict.” – Los Angeles Times
∙ Fun Fact: Brown won a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony winning, The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess.