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MAR-APR 2019

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12 R E A D U S O N L I N E A T W W W . C I T Y S O C I A L . C O M The Ronald K Brown, owner of the New York-based dance company Evidence, incorporates modern dance with West African rhythms. He has choreographed works for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and is a recipient of several awards and fellowships from the United States Arts Fellowship to the Def Dance Jam Workshop Mentor of the Year Award (2000). The mission of Evidence 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, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation. Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, 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 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 creation one which he hopes will lift people's spirits. "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. REVIEWS: The New York Times November 7, 2014 "...Deep, spiritual seriousness. A sophisticated mastery of stage space. Music that makes you want to move. A vocabulary, drawn from many parts of the African diaspora, that Mr. Brown has developed into a personal language that's flexible, richly expressive and irresistibly kinetic..." The Boston Globe November 25, 2014 "... Brown takes his audiences to church...a sense of grounded spirituality and abiding humanism that runs through his dances like a deep vein, including the three Boston premieres that he and the eight exquisite dancers of his EVIDENCE, A Dance Company." Financial Times June 6, 2014 "...Always the daze of pleasure as the movement washes over you like a wave thick with sand. As for theme, ever the spiritual path..." M A N S H I P T H E AT R E .O R G ( 2 2 5 ) 3 4 4 - 03 3 4 MAR 25 • 7:30 PM RON K. BROWN DANCE This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Award winning dancer and owner of New York based dance company, Evidence, Ronald K Brown incorporates modern dance with West African rhythms to bring you an unforgettable show. March 25th and 26th 2019 Manship Theatre Happy Mothers Day! #ambrosiabakery #AmbrosiaDesigns #AmbrosiaGroomsCake 8546 Siegen Lane Baton Rouge,LA 70810 225-763-6489 The Arts Ron K. Brown Dance Story by Kris Cangelosi Photos provided by Ron K. Brown Dance Company

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