Ronald K. Brown & Evidence to Present World Premiere at The Joyce Theater, 6/3-8
Ronald K. Brown and Evidence, A Dance Company return for its annual New York season at the Joyce Theater, June 3-8, 2014. The exciting week-long run includes 2 programs. Program A features the world premiere of The Subtle One danced to a suite by Jason Moran, jazz pianist, composer and Kennedy Center's Artistic Director for Jazz. Program B offers classic repertory including a revival of Ebony Magazine to a Village.
Ronald K. Brown and his company Evidence gear up to showcase its high-energy performances that merge African, ballet, social dance, and Brown's unique vocabulary. Most recently, Ronald K. Brown partnered with The Joyce Theater and BAM on an arts engagement initiative between Cuba and the USA; the result of which, Por Que Sigues (Why You Follow), a newly commissioned work for Cuba's MalPaso Dance Company, will be performed at the Joyce in late May. Brown has also continued his work with The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and last summer, his "Four Corners" for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater opened to critical acclaim. This year, Ronald K. Brown and Evidence continued to deepen their Brooklyn roots by opening the inaugural season of BRIC Arts | Media House (BRIC House) and moving the Evidence company headquarters and rehearsal space from 80 Hanson in Ft. Greene to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.
Evidence, A Dance Company will perform June 3 -8, 2014. Tickets start at $10! Performance schedule: Tue-Wed 7:30pm; Thu-Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm & 8pm; Sun 2pm & 7:30pm. Dance Chat: Wed June 4, 2014. For tickets call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. For more information, visit joyce.org & evidencedance.com. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street.
About the Works
Program A (June 3rd, June 4th, June 8th at 7:30pm and June 7th at 2:00pm) includes the world premiere of The Subtle One (2014), featuring a jazz suite from the extraordinary jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran. Brown says of the work "The Subtle One is an affirmation of how the inspirational presence of another being influences how we move physically and spiritually in life's dance."
Also on the program is IFE/MY Heart (2005), originally choreographed for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and the critically acclaimed Torch (2013), a heartfelt, joyous celebration of the life of Brown's friend, dance student and Evidence supporter Beth Young, who died in January 2012.
Program B (June 5th, June 6th, June 7th at 8:00pm, June 8th at 2:00pm) features classic Evidence repertory including the electrifying Ebony Magazine to a Village (1996), set to an original score by Wunmi, and Dancing Spirit, a tribute to the legendary Judith Jamison and her profound influence, set to music by Thom Yorke, played by Vitamin String Quartet. Guest Artist Matthew Rushing will perform this excerpt of Dancing Spirt in honor of the late Calvin Hunt and E.J. Corrigan of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Also on the program is High Life, a dance that builds upon images of migration and change, and the ever-popular Upside Down (1998), an excerpt from the evening-length work, Destiny, created in collaboration with Rokiya Kone of the Ivory Coast and her company, Jeune Ballet d'Afrique Noire. Upside Down focuses on community mourning, and uses the loss of a member as a call to solidarity and a reflection on destiny. The work is set to Fela Kuti's song "Upside Down" and Malian vocalist Oumou Sangare's "Kun Fe Ko (The Uncertainty of Things)."
Pictured: TORCH, featuring Annique Roberts, Ronald K. Brown. Photo by Ayodele Casel.