Joyce Master Class: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence - Gibney
Week of August 14, 2020
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Joyce Master Class: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence

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Explore the distinctive style and movement language of the EVIDENCE aesthetic with master choreographer Ronald K. Brown. The class starts with mind-body centering exercises and progresses to alignment, center work, and movement phrases influenced by western modern dance and traditional and social dances from West Africa, the Caribbean, and the U.S.

Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown founded Brooklyn-based EVIDENCE, A Dance Company in 1985. Brown 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, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, Ballet Hispanico, Malpaso Dance Company, and TU Dance. Brown’s work incorporates modern dance, Senegalese Sabar and other West African movement vocabularies, Afro-Caribbean dance, and contemporary urban dance from around the world. He has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bessie Award, a Black Theater Alliance Award, and an Audelco Award for the choreography of Regina Taylor’s musical Crowns. He has also been a guest artist at The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts.

Experience Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE perform at The Joyce Theater February 25-March 1, 2020.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE celebrates its 35th anniversary with the return of High Life and Grace, two works that exemplify Brown’s contemporary African style. High Life celebrates the idea of what one brings and what one leaves behind when striving for “a better life,” paying homage to the African-American migration from rural areas to cities. Grace, performed first by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 20 years ago, is an ode to God’s love and Alvin Ailey’s legacy. A newly commissioned companion piece, Mercy, is an ethereal movement meditation featuring original music by Meshell Ndegeocello.

Photo by Matt Karas.


Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street.

We welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Please refrain from wearing scented products, so that people with chemical sensitivities can join us. Please request ASL interpreting, audio description, or open captioning 30 days before the event or submit other requests by completing our Access Requests and Inquiries Form or calling 646.837.6809 (Voice only).

280 Broadway
Gibney Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center
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New York, NY 10007
646 837 6809

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