Photo by:Ernesto Mancebo
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST 35 YEARS
* Ronald K. Brown receives the 2020 Jacobs Pillow Award
* The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funds EVIDENCE to isolate and return to work in their first "residency pod" at the Lumberyard (Catskills, New York) and the Center of Creative Arts St. Louis, MO
* Annique Roberts receives Bessie Award nomination for Sustained Achievement in the work of EVIDENCE.
* The Joyce Theater begins new fiscal sponsorship/ partnership with the Joyce Theater
* Ronald K. Brown receives a Dance Magazine Award
* EVIDENCE hosts its first Summer Intensive in addition to its Summer Dance Workshop Series
* EVIDENCE performs Donald McKayle's "Songs of the Disinherited" for the Paul Taylor American Dance Theater's Lincoln Center season's memorial tribute
* Ronald K Brown receives the American Dance Festival Scripps Award
* Ronald K.Brown choreographs duet "Den of Dreams" in honor of Arcell Cabuag's 20th Anniversary with EVIDENCE, which premiered at the Joyce Theater
* EVIDENCE and Arturo O' Farill and Resist perform "New Conversations: Iron Meets Water" at Jacobs Pillow
* EVIDENCE teaches at the Broadway Foundation Camp
* Ronald K Brown choreographs his 7h commission "The Call" on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater which made its world premiere at City Center NYC
* Ronald K Brown choreographs "Where The Light Shines Through" on TU Dance
* Ronald K. Brown starts the creation of New Conversations at Jacobs Pillow in collaboration with Arturo O' Farrell
* EVIDENCE performs its Inaugural season in the newly renovated Billie Holiday Theater at Bedford- Stuyvesant Restoration, Brooklyn
Ronald K. Brown & Arcell Cabuag direct the inaugural "Garment of Destiny" for the Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble
* Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag teach their first year as directors of Modern Dance at the New Orleans Ballet Association
* Shayla Caldwell, Annique Roberts and Clarice Young premiere Ronald K. Brown's solo "She Is Here" at the Joyce Theater Music by Andy Gonzalez (Recorded by Arturo O' Farrill, Andy Gonzalez and Dafnis Prieto
* Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag are appointed to be Co-Directors of the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Center For Arts & Culture /RestorationART Youth Arts Academy Pre Professional Training (Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble)
* The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater honors Ronald K. Brown with a night of his repertory in their City Center Season
*Ronald K Brown is a Mellon Fellow and researches and creates ""Journey of the Great Mystery" throughout the Willams College campus .
* Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag teach their first year in Japan for the Jeiki School Dance International Program. They taught in 5 different cities and and taught over 900 students in three weeks.
* Ronald K Brown choreographs his 6th commission "Open Door" on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater which made its world premiere at City Center NYC
* EVIDENCE and Jason Moran & The Bandwagon perform "The Subtle One" at The Kennedy Center
* EVIDENCE receives second invitation to represent the United States at the 7th Annual International Ballet Festival in Cali, Columbia.
* EVIDENCE moves its office to Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Center for Arts and Culture in Brooklyn, NY. Home of Restoration Youth Arts Academy where Ron took his first dance class when he was 8 years old.
* Ronald K. Brown choreographs “Why you Follow” commissioned by The Joyce Theater during a 3 week residency in Havana, Cuba-with MalPaso. The new work premieres at The Joyce Theater in MalPaso’s US debut with a work by Artistic Director Osnel Delgado “24 Hours and a Dog”.
* Evidence premieres “The Subtle One” with music by Jason Moran at The Joyce Theater.
* The American Dance Festival presents a shared concert of solos by male choreographers Shen Wei, Stephen Petronio, Doug Varone and Ronald K. Brown.
* EVIDENCE teaches at the A Broadway Foundation Camp
* In Orem, Utah at the 53rd National Choreography Intensive Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag (Directors of Choreography) and Farai Malianga (Director of Music) offered workshops for Emerging and Professional Choreographers.
* Evidence has the 9th Annual Summer Dance Workshop Series at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation for the third year in partnership with BSRC/Center for Arts and Culture.
Ronald K. Brown joins guest choreographers for Apollo Theater's "James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, a Celebration in Dance" including choreography by Ronald K. Brown, Thang Dao and Abdel Salaam.
* EVIDENCE Becomes the first Dance Company-in-Residence at the newly renovated BRIC House, located in Brooklyn, NY. In partnership with Ingersoll/University Settlement, auditions were held for Ronald K Brown’s “ON EARTH TOGETHER”, 30 dancers from the community (ages 8-73) were cast and joined Evidence for it’s first season of 4 seasons at BRIC House.
Philadanco premiers The Apollo Theater's "James Brown: Get on the Good Foot, a Celebration in Dance" choreography by Ronald K. Brown, Thang Dao, Abdel Salaam among other notable choreographers.
* The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess opens on Broadway with the choreography of Ronald K Brown
* Ronald K Brown wins the Fred and Adele Astaire Award for OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER IN A MUSICAL ON BROADWAY for his choreography in the TONY Award winning production of Porgy and Bess.
* Ron creates TORCH in honor of celebrating the legacy of Beth Young, who was phenomenal dance enthusiast and supporter who studied with the company for over fifteen years before losing her battle with cancer. This work is a celebration of perseverance and self determination.
* Ronald K Brown choreographs his 5th commission on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater “FOUR CORNERS” which premieres at the Koch Theater at Lincoln Center.
* EVIDENCE represents the United States at the 7th Annual International Ballet Festival in Cali, Columbia.
* The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess begin a 33-week National tour.
* Ronald K. Brown choreographs "Espiritu Vivo"
* Ronald K Brown receives a PROCLAMATION from the city of Atlanta at the historical Hammonds House
* Ronald K Brown wins the BLACK THEATER ALLIANCE AWARD (Best Choreography In A Play or Music/Dance Program) for his work "GYE NYAME" set on the MUNTU Dance Theatre of Chicago
* 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.
* 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.
* Ronald K. Brown choreographs "Gye Name" on The Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
* Ronald K. Brown receives the Ailey School Apex Award in homage to the late Denise Jefferson.
* 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).
Ronald K Brown choreographs his 4th commission "Dancing Spirit" on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater which made its world premiere at City Center NYC
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.
* 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.
* 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.
*EVIDENCE premieres " Truth Don Die"
Performer Shani Collins receives a Bessie Award for her body of work with EVIDENCE
* 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.
* EVIDENCE premieres " Order My Steps" with text written and performed by Chadwick Bozeman.
* Ronald K Brown choreographs his 3rd commission "IFE: My Heart" on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater which made its world premiere at City Center NYC
* EVIDENCE premieres and tours with Nnenna Freelon and her band the collaboration of "Blueprint of A Lady: The Once and Future Life of Billie Holiday" PMG Project
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* Lighting Designer Brenda Gray receives a Bessie Award for her body of work with EVIDENCE.
* Arcell Cabuag receives a Bessie Award
*EVIDENCE choreographs and performs "For You" as a tribute to the incredible legacy and leadership of the late American Dance Festival director, Stephanie Reinhart
* Performer Diedre Dawkins receives a Bessie Award for her performance of "Walking Out The Dark" at the Joyce Theater
* Ronald K. Brown choreographs of "Crowns - The Musical" by Regina King and receives an AUDELCO Award for his choreography.
* Dancers become salaried, providing full-time work for Evidence artists for the first time.
* EVIDENCE premieres "Come Ye" at the Haiti Center in Durham, North Carolina. PMG Project
* Ronald K Brown dances a special tribute to Katherine Dunham "In Gratitude""In Gratitude" at Jacobs Pillow
* 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.
* Ronald K Brown choreographs his 2nd commission "Serving Nia" on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater which made its world premiere at City Center NYC
* *EVIDENCE premieres "High Life"
* Ronald K. Brown graces the cover of Dance Magazine
*Ron receives the Black Theater Alliance Award for his choreography of "Grace"
* 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.
* EVIDENCE premieres "Water" with text written and performed by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor.
* Pam Green of PMG arts Management becomes the first booking agent for EVIDENCE
* Ronald K. Brown choreographs his first piece "Gatekeepers" for PHILADANCO The Philadelphia Dance Company directed by Joan Meyers Brown
*EVIDENCE travels to the Ivory Coast Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire for the completion of "Destiny " and returns to the world premiere of "Destiny" at Aaron Davis Hall
* Ronald K. Brown
* EVIDENCE premieres Better Days & Incidents at at the Joyce theater's "All Together Different" program, and receives a Bessie Award for "Better Days: First Time Thru"
* Ronald K. Brown choreographs "Free" on the African American Dance Ensemble directed by Baba Chuck Davis in Durham, NC
* Ronald K. Brown choreographs "Ebony Magazine To a Village" on Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theater
* Ronald K. 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.
* Performer Renee Redding Jones receives a Bessie Awardfor her performance of "Dirt Road" at Dance Theater Workshop
* Dirt 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.
*Ronald K. Brown is invited to teach at the American Dance Festival
* Judith Jamison meets a 21 year-old, precocious dancer, Ronald K. Brown, while he is performing with Jennifer Muller’s company. She later sees "Ebony Magazine To A Village" that he choreographed for the Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble and invites Brown to create a piece for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
*Ronald K. Brown has his first concert atr Mary Anthony Dance Studio