Highlights

Written by Toyce Francis

2010 - Evidence celebrates its 25th Anniversary with special performances in New York City and landmark tours around the world. After celebrating its 25th Anniversary at a gala performance at New York’s Plaza Hotel, Evidence embarks on a ground-breaking tour of Africa under the auspices of DanceMotion/USA. The company performs, teaches and acts as cultural ambassadors in Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. Evidence appears at the Olympic Arts Festival in Vancouver and at venues in California and Washington D.C. Ron Brown receives the Astaire Award in June and his career is celebrated with an exhibit at the Peg Alston Fine Arts Gallery in NYC in June. The company’s New York City season takes place at Harlem Stage in June, and is invited to appear as part of the prestigious annual “Fall for Dance” series at New York’s City Center. 

2009 – Evidence is invited to participate in the inaugural DanceMotion USA program,  funded by the U.S. Department of State.  The goal of DanceMotion USA is to share work by some of America's finest contemporary dance makers and serve as a gateway for cultural exchange.  Through this program, Evidence will tour to Senegal, Nigeria and South Africa in early 2010.   DanceMotion USA  is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is produced by BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

2008 - Ronald K. Brown creates Two-Year Old Gentlemen, an all-male work that explores relationships between men (father-son, grandfather-grandson, uncle-nephew).  The work premieres at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on December 6, 2008.

2007 – Evidence premieres the full-evening length work One Shot: Rhapsody in Black and White.  The multimedia work is inspired by the images and legacy of noted African American photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris.  A traveling photo exhibit is curated by Brown and noted historian and photography scholar Deborah Willis, PhD.

2006 – Ronald K. Brown receives the inaugural United States Artists Rose Fellowship Award.  He is one of only four choreographers of 50 artists to receive the inaugural award.

2003 – Evidence, A Dance Company moves to a new space in the BAM Cultural District in downtown Brooklyn.  This positions Evidence as an accessible member of the Brooklyn cultural community.

2002 – Dancers become salaried, providing full-time work for Evidence artists for the first time. 

2001 – Brown and Evidence travel to Cuba as part of a cultural exchange program and work with contemporary and folkloric companies in Havana. In Cuba, Brown explores similarities between dances from West Africa, Cuba and Haiti, further expanding his movement vocabulary and deepening his interest in contemporary folklore.

1999 – Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater premieres Grace, choreographed by Ronald K. Brown.  Grace introduces Brown's work to world-wide audiences and remains in the Ailey repertory to this day. 

1995 – Brown travels to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire to teach contemporary dance to the theater company Koteba Ensemble.  This experience is the first of several teaching trips that Brown makes over the next three years of four-to-six week durations.  Working in Africa expands Brown’s movement vocabulary and shapes his awareness of his artistic potential and his role in contemporary dance.

1994Dirt Road premieres.  This evening-length work is first presented at the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon, France.  Based on considerable personal, historic and spiritual research, it tells of a family whose members, separated by their own lives, reunite for a funeral and a celebration. This work solidifies Brown’s use of storytelling as a primary creative source.

1987 – Judith Jamison meets a 21 year-old, precocious dancer, Ronald K. Brown, while he is performing with Jennifer Muller’s company.  She later sees a dance that he choreographed for the Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble and invites Brown to create a piece for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.