Choreography: Ronald K. Brown
Music: Carl Hancock Rux, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Yacoub
Mixed by RKB
Costume Design: Keiko Voltaire
Original Costume Design: Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya
Lighting Design: Tsubasa Kamei
Original Lighting Design Al Crawford
Brown’s Four Corners was originally commissioned for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2014. Dancers depict spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds. In creating his fifth commission for the Ailey company since 1999, the celebrated choreogra- pher turned to the song “Lamentations” by his friend, recording artist Carl Hancock Rux. Drawing from West African and modern dance influences, Brown uses grounded, earthy movements to portray figures who are burdened by grief but ultimately find peace, solace, and freedom with the aid of “the angels in their corners” mentioned in Rux’s text.
…Beloved, you say your God, woman you’re earth, lamentations born, you son … Four Corners with blades and sheaths…….Stand Up…..
“Four Corners” was commissioned by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2014.
Photo by Saya Hishikawa