RestorationART Presents: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 OVERVIEW
On opening night, Ronald K. Brown is joined by iconic dancer/choreographer, Judith Jamison, to explore the revolutionary spirit of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company that inspired the work of Evidence. The conversation begins at 7pm.
Following the conversation, for the very first time in the Billie Holiday Theatre, Evidence will present excerpts from High Life, inspired by the work of Jacob Lawrence, “The Great Migration” as well as Jesse B. Semple. The score for the work includes “Bid Em In” by Oscar Brown Jr, as well as music by the JB’s, Nikki Giovanni, Fela Anikalapo Kuit and Wunmi. The program will also include two solos one with music by Donny Hathaway and the Lalah Hathaway. The show begins at 8pm.
EVIDENCE COMPANY OVERVIEW
Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, Evidence, A Dance Company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through work, Evidence provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown 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. He is an advocate for the growth of the African American dance community and is instrumental in encouraging young dancers to choreograph and to develop careers in dance.
Brown’s choreography is in high demand. He has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Philadanco and others. He choreographed Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, Crowns and won an AUDELCO Award for his work on that production. “I hope that when people see the work, their spirits are lifted. I am interested in sharing perspectives through modern dance, theater and kinetic storytelling. I want my work to be evidence of these perspectives,” says Brown.
Evidence now tours to some 25 communities in the United States and abroad. The company has traveled to Cuba, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa and Canada to perform, teach master classes and conduct lecture/demonstrations for individuals of all ages. Evidence brings arts education and cultural connections to local communities that have historically lacked these experiences. Annually the company reaches an audience of more than 25,000.