Hailed as a “modern dance savior” by the New York Times, Bed-Stuy native Ronald K. Brown returns to fuse the form, rhythm, and history of African dance with contemporary and urban dance styles.
Inspired by the music and sociopolitical legacies of artists/activists Nina Simone and Fela Kuti, “Come Ye” is a multimedia work that utilizes Mr. Brown’s signature style of kinetic storytelling. Through African, Caribbean, modern, ballet, and social dance styles.
“Ebony Magazine: to a Village” begins with a parade of individuals preoccupied with their own façade and beauty. The mantra in the score, “do you see what I see” is a challenge to question one’s perceptions. The movement allows the dancers to shift from their self-consciousness to a physicality that is more connected to the ground and ultimately to each other.
In “Mercy” Brown with music composed by Meshell Ndegeocello focuses on seeking compassion, which leads one to have mercy. In this work, EVIDENCE embarks on a physical journey towards justice in response to assault that resolves in joy and surrender.