Movement, music, and spoken word are seamlessly combined by this Brooklyn-based group to explore the traditions and contemporary expressions of the African Diaspora.
Powerful, physical, and uplifting, Evidence, A Dance Company was founded by choreographer Ronald K. Brown in 1985. The Company'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 word. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in contemporary culture. Evidence now tours to some 30 communities in the United States annually. It has also traveled overseas to Cuba, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Mexico, and Senegal to perform, teach master classes, and conduct lectures/demonstrations for young people, reaching more than 30,000 people annually.
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Praised by The New York Times as "one of the most profound choreographers of his modern dance generation," Ronald K. Brown has created works for his company Evidence, A Dance Company as well as works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Cinque Folkloric Dance Theater, and Jeune Ballet d'Afrique Noire, among others. He has received numerous awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer's Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie), among many others. In 2003, Brown received an AUDELCO (Black Theatre Award) for his choreography for Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, originally produced by the McCarter Theater and presented off-Broadway. In fall 2006 Brown received the inaugural United States Artists Rose Fellowship.