Acclaimed Choreographer Ron K. Brown at Dance Place with Cuban Collaboration

Returning to Washington, DC, see Ron K. Brown / EVIDENCE up close and personal at Dance Place on February 25 at 8pm and February 26 at 4pm with Walking out the Dark. A danced conversation between mother, brother, lover and friend, Walking out the Dark examines our ability to support each other in times of need. Ron K. Brown’s exquisite fusion of contemporary and spiritual dance contrasts American and world cultures, while exploring the strength of ritual to heal and examine our truest selves. This work was inspired by his visit to Cuba working with Malpaso Dance Company. 

In this work, EVIDENCE examines what impedes our ability to assist each other in times of need. In America, we do not have codified rituals of self-examination and healing as in other societies. The work utilizes this contrast to show how culture and ritual can affect us. Featuring text excerpted from a series of letters by Ron K. Brown, the sound score includes music by Phillip Hamilton, Sweet Honey in the Rock and Francisco Mora. 

About Ron K. Brown / EVIDENCE

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 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.
 
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 play, Crowns and won an AUDELCO Award for his work on that production.  “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.

WHAT: Ron K. Brown / EVIDENCE

WHEN: Saturday, February 25 at 8pm; Sunday, February 26 at 4pm

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017; two blocks from Redline Brookland-CUA Metro station; free and convenient parking 

TICKETS: $30 Admission; $25 Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists); $15 College Students and Children (17 & Under)
Advanced Sales – ends one week prior to performance weekend: $25 Advanced Sales Admission; $20 Advanced Sales Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists)

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