Ronald K. Brown

RONALD K. BROWN, raised in Brooklyn, NY, founded EVIDENCE, A Dance Company in 1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works, as well as other choreographers and artists, and has been on the faculty of The Julliard School. Brown has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago, Ballet Hispánico, TU Dance, and Malpaso Dance Company.
He has collaborated with such artists as composer/designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, director Ernie McClintock’s Jazz Actors Theater, choreographers Patricia Hoffbauer and Rokiya Kone, composers Robert Een, Oliver Lake, Bernadette Speech, David Simons, and Don Meissner, and musicians Jason Moran, Arutor O'Farrill and Meshell Ndegeocello.
Brown is the recipient of the 2020 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. His other awards and recognitions include the AUDELCO Award for his choreography in Regina Taylor’s award-winning play Crowns, two Black Theater Alliance Awards, and a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony Award winning Broadway and national touring production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, adapted by Suzan Lori Parks, arranged by Diedre Murray, and directed by Diane Paulus.
Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop 2000 Mentor of the Year and has received the Doris Duke Artist Award, NYC City Center Fellowship, Scripps/ADF Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, Dance Magazine Award, and The Ailey Apex Award.
Brown is Co-Artistic Director of Restoration ART Youth Arts Academy Pre-Professional Training Program / Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble and a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.

Living Legacy | May 15 - 21, 2022

The Equality of Night and Day (TEND)

Living Legacy Artist Ronald K. Brown and his company EVIDENCE came to MANCC for the first time to further his work The Equality of Night and Day (TEND). TEND examines the concepts of balance, equity, and fairness as it considers the conflicting present-day issues that young people, women, and people of color now face in a world where exploitation, gentrification, racism, and xenophobia are on the rise. The shift in public discourse anchors this new piece. 

Celebrated for his pioneering artistry that has portrayed the struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of the African American community through dance for over 35 years, TEND builds on Brown’s work Mercy (2019) and completes an evening-length trilogy that also includes Grace (1999), which was first commissioned for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 

In addition to a large ensemble of dancers and company Lighting Designer, Set Designer, and Technical Director Tsubasa Kamei who joined Brown at MANCC, collaborators to the work include jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, racial justice advocate Angela Davis, African American photography expert Deborah Willis, and costume designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya . 

At MANCC, Brown worked in collaboration with the EVIDENCE dancers and Kamei to rehearse and hone production elements of the work. Dancers worked in the dance studio as Kamei utilized the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre to test various approaches to projection and lighting. The residency culminated in a live-streamed showing of the work in progress in the Theatre.  Brown will premiere TEND at Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, MA on June 29th.

  • Shaylin D. Watson and Stephanie Chronopoulos rehearse
  • Watson, Demetrius Burns and Chronopoulos rehearse in the studio
  • Christopher Salango rehearses in the studio
  • Arcell Cabuag watches Chronopoulos and Austin Warren Coats rehearsing in the studio
  • Christopher Salango, Isaiah K. Harvey, Demetrius Burns and Austin Warren Coats share <em>The Equality of<br>Night and Day (TEND)</em> via a live stream showing
  • Breana Moore and Shaylin D. Watson perform <em>TEND</em> for a live stream showing
  • Burns during the live stream showing
  • Watson, Burns, Harvey, Coats, Salango, Moore and Stephanie Chronopoulos during the live stream<br>showing
  • Moore, Salango, and Harvey perform <em>TEND</em> for a live stream showing
  • Watson, Chronopoulos and Coats during live stream showing
  • Salango, Chronopoulos, Watson, Burns and Tsubasa Kamei on a zoom call in the theatre
Collaborators in Residence: Arcell Cabuag [Associate Artistic Director], Demetrius Burns [Rehearsal Director/Dancer], Joyce Edwards [Assistant Rehearsal Director/Dancer], Tsubasa Kamei [Technical Director/Resident Lighting Designer], Austin Warren Coats, Stephanie Chronopoulos, Isaiah K. Harvey, Breana Moore, Christopher Salango, Shaylin D. Watson [Dancers]

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