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Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company Celebrate 30 years with the Company Premiere of POR QUE SIGUES/WHY YOU FOLLOW and THE SUBTLE ONE with live music by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon February 24-March 1, 2015 at The Joyce Theater


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January 16, 2015/Brooklyn, NY--- Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company celebrate 30 years at the Joyce Theater, February 24 - March 1. Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company will usher in its 30th year with a company premiere, New York premiere, live music and revivals of classic works. The week-long run includes two programs. Program A highlights include the powerful classic Grace and The Subtle One, danced to a suite composed and performed live by Jason Moran. Moran, score composer for the Oscar nominated film “Selma” and Kennedy Center's Artistic Director for Jazz, will be joined by his band, The Bandwagon. Program B highlights include the New York premiere of  Through Time and Culture, a solo by Brown, along with the company premiere of Why You Follow/Por Que Sigues

Ronald K. Brown has been a powerful force in the contemporary dance world since his company burst onto New York’s downtown dance scene in 1985 . Since those early days, Brown and his company have performed uptown, downtown and across the globe. Brown’s ubiquitous master classes and workshops attract thousands of community students and dancers; many of whom consider him a mentor, as well as a teacher. His ethereal works and remarkable performance quality have touched the hearts of many. Brown’s choreography has been installed in the repertoires of some of the country’s most beloved dance companies. As an educator and community activist, he has used his work as a catalyst to discuss culture, religion, and societal issues. Brown’s belief—that dance can heal and provide evidence of the human condition—is the driving force behind his 30 years of uninterrupted work. The 2015 Joyce season is a celebration of Ronald K. Brown, his work, and the imprint he has made on dance, theater and communities around the world.


Evidence, A Dance Company will perform February 24-March 1, 2015. Tickets start at $10! Performance schedule: Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm. For tickets call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. For more information, visit joyce.org & evidencedance.com. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.

About the Works

Program A  (February 24 & February 25 at 7:30pm; February 28 at 2:00pm, March 1st at 7:30pm) includes The Subtle One (2014) an affirmation of how the inspirational presence of another being influences how we move physically and spiritually in life’s dance, with live music by Jason Moran and The Bandwagon. Also on the program is Grace (1999), originally commissioned by The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the revival of Lessons (excerpts: Exotica and March) (1995). March, set to excerpts  of speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be performed by Annique Roberts and Coral Dolphin.  

Program B (February 26, February 27, February 28 at 8:00pm; March 1 at 2:00pm) features the company premiere of Why You Follow/Por Que Sigues (2014), originally commissioned for Cuba's MalPaso Dance Company in the company’s partnership with The Joyce Theater and BAM; Through Time and Culture (2014), a solo, danced by Brown, about transition and perspective, the ever-popular Gatekeepers (1999); and One Shot (excerpts) (2007), inspired by the life and work of noted photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, who documented black life in Pittsburgh from 1936 to 1975.

About the Company

Founded by a 19-year old Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, Evidence, A Dance Company’s unmistakable aesthetic is rooted in traditional African dance, urban social dance vernacular and contemporary movement. The repertory reflects the company’s mission to promote a deeper understanding of the human experience and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition, spirituality, community responsibility and liberation.

Over the years the company has traveled to Cuba, Brazil, England, Ireland, France, Greece, Hungary, Mexico, Holland, Hawaii, Cote d’Ivoire, South Africa, Nigeria, and Senegal to perform, teach master classes and conduct lecture/demonstrations for young people.

The New York Times has said of Evidence, “If there is any company working today whose dancers pack a more sophisticated and vibrant kinetic punch than those of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, I can’t think of it.” Evidence, A Dance Company is comprised of Shayla Caldwell, Arcell Cabuag, Coral Dolphin, Brionna Edmundson, Randall Riley, Annique Roberts, Keon Tholouis, Clarice Young and choreographer Ronald K. Brown.  Visit www.evidencedance.com to learn more about the company.

2015-2016 tour dates include:

Winspear Opera House, Dallas, TX; DeBartolo Arts Center, Notre Dame, IN; Byham Theater, Pittsburgh, PA; Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville, NC; Duke University, Durham, NC; Emelin Theater, Mamaroneck, NJ; Colombia Ballet Festival, Cali, Colombia; The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard; Kennedy Center, Washington, DC and BRIC House, Brooklyn NY.  

About Ronald K. Brown

Ronald K. Brown has been making dances since the second grade. Growing up in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, he took classes in the Police Athletic League Dance Program and performed in his high school musicals. He studied extensively with Mary Anthony, whose technique includes a combination of Martha Graham and Hanya Holm. Brown performed as a dancer with Jennifer Muller/The Works. Muller, along with Bebe Miller and Maguy Marin were very influential in his work.

His dances derive from his interpretation of the human condition and refer to numerous cultural sources including history, tradition, modern and urban dance movement and dance forms from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Through dance, Brown explores the history of blacks in America and passes on African culture to new generations. “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.

Brown has set works on MalPaso Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Kulu Mele, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Def Dance Jam Workshop, MUNTU Dance Theatre of Chicago, Ballet Hispanico and Philadanco. His theater credits include Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, “Crowns” and “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” starring Audra McDonald. The production won the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

Ronald K. Brown continues to receive honors and accolades including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Choreography, a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in choreography, a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie), a Black Theater Alliance Award, and the American Dance Festival Humphrey/Weidman/Limón Award. In 2012, he received a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreographer in a Broadway show for his work on “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.” Most recently, Brown was named a Mellon Choreography Fellow at Williams College and Lafayette College. Brown also choreographed the University of Miami production of “Carmen”; produced in collaboration with Tectonic Theater Project with direction by Moisés Kaufman and musical direction by Arturo O’Farrill.                                                                                                                                  

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