Ronald K. Brown/Artistic Director
EVIDENCE A Dance Company
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.
Length: 71 minutes, excerpted segments 10-20 minutes. 4 dancers
Incidents was created from a collection of images inspired by several historical texts, including Harriet Jacobs’ “Incident in the Life of a Slave Girl.” The images in the work allude to residual physical manifestations and emotional responses that have helped to shape the character of women of African Descent. The evening-length dance, which is also performed in excerpts, utilizes the music of The Staple Singers, Aretha Franklin, and Wunmi with texts by Moms Mabley, Anna Russell, and Ronald K. Brown.
Order My Steps (2005)
Length: 27 minutes. 7–8 dancers
Order My Steps takes its title from Psalms 119 and explores ideas behind the scripture and seeing one’s life as a path. What is our direction? Is it correct and how do we deter-mine that? This contemporary dance is used as a vehicle to investigate the sense of purpose and obedience that comes into play when one recognizes “a calling.” Narration by poet Chad Boseman is included as well as music by Fred Hammond (“Success Is In Your Hands”), Terry Riley (“Echoes of Primordial Time” and “Mongolian Winds,” performed by Kronos Quartet) and Bob Marley (“War/No More Trouble” and “Exodus”).
New Conversations (2018)
The newest work in the repertory with music by Arturo O’Farrill that explores the intersection of Africa and Cuba through an Afro-Cuban Santeria-based folktale.