The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents the poignant and contemporary choreography of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8:00pm. This performance will take place at the Byham Theater, located at 101 Sixth Street, downtown Pittsburgh. The presentation is part of the 2014-15 Pittsburgh Dance Council season.
Tickets ($19.00 – $55.00) may be purchased in-person at the Box Office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Avenue, online at TrustArts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. To purchase 10 or more group tickets, call (412) 471-6930.
Ronald K. Brown masterfully threads elements of African, modern, ballet and social styles, elevating dance as a medium to communicate the human experience. Brown’s signature vision of forging contemporary choreography rooted in the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms is executed in the extraordinary work The Subtle One, set to the music of jazz musicians Jason Moran and Tarus Mateen.
Brown transcends the human struggle and aspirations for connection between spiritual beings and mortals. In On Earth Together, Stevie Wonder’s music deepens Brown’s exploration of love and compassion and features dancers from the Pittsburgh community working alongside dancers from Evidence.
Praised by The New York Times as “one of the most profound choreographers of his modern dance generation,” Ronald K. Brown blends African, modern, ballet and social dance styles to tell stories that illuminate fundamental aspects of the human experience.
Founded and based in Brooklyn, New York in 1985, EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY focuses on the seamless fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. This work provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. He is an advocate for the growth of dance and is instrumental in encouraging young dancers to choreograph and to develop careers in dance.
Brown has set work on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company and Philadanco. He choreographed Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, Crowns. “I hope that when people see the work their spirits are lifted. I am interested in sharing perspectives through modern dance, theater and kinetic storytelling. I want my work to be evidence of these perspectives,” says Brown.
Evidence now tours to some 30 communities in the United States annually. It has also traveled overseas to Cuba, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Mexico and Senegal to perform, teach master classes and conduct lecture / demonstrations for young people. Evidence brings arts education and cultural connections to local communities.