HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PAST 30 YEARS
* The second season at BRIC House, presenting Ronald K. Brown’s One Shot (2007), Order My Steps (2005) and Come Ye (2002).
* EVIDENCE moves 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 at 10 years old
* Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag create “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 a “The Subtle One” with music by Jason Moran, Costumes by Keiko Voltaire and Lighting by Clifton Taylor 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.
* In Orem, Utah at the 53rd National Choreography Intensive Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag (Director 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.
* 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 at BRIC House.
* 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 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.
* 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 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, 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.
* Dancers become salaried, providing full-time work for Evidence artists for the first time.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.
photo by:Ayodele Casel