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Evidence, A Dance Company
 


Ronald K. Brown

Ronald K. Brown

 


The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Presents

Evidence, A Dance Company

 
on Saturday, February 18, 8pm

New Work On Earth Together, Set to Music by Stevie Wonder,

Featured on the Program

Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown and Company Members Hold a
Four-Day Residency

to Connect with the South Miami-Dade Community

 


MIAMI – The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) presents Evidence, A Dance Company on Saturday, February 18 at 8pm. The Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay, FL. Tickets are $25, $15, $10 ($5 tickets www.CultureShockmiami.com  for ages 13-22). $5 off orchestra level seats for students seniors and active military service members. For tickets call 786-573-5300 or visit www.smdcac.org .

Founded in Brooklyn, New York in 1985, the dance company Evidence focuses on the seamless fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. The company’s work provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies and triumphs. Artistic Director Ronald K. 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. A highlight of the evening will be a new work On Earth Together, inspired by the music of Stevie Wonder. In addition to On Earth Together, the program will feature two other dances by Brown, Ife: My Heart and Upside Down.


IFE/My Heart looks at the parallel journey of three families towards one destination, love/IFE. Performers are dressed in costumes representing the United States, Cuba and West Africa. The piece implores audience members to release their hearts in response to the conflicts and conditions in the world and in personal relationships. The dance was commissioned by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and premiered in 2005.

Upside Down begins with the premonition of community mourning. The dance continues as a race that reflects the impetus that drives the individual towards their destiny. The score begins with Malian vocalist Oumou Sangare’s “Kun Fe Ko” (The Uncertainty of Things), a song which says the destiny of a child is in God’s hands. The remainder of Upside Down is set to Fela Kuti’s song of the same title, which tells the story of chaos and corruption, because of the abuse of power and the ever-strong desire for wealth. The dance uses the loss of a community member as a rite and calls for solidarity.

On Earth Together is a testimony and commitment to making the world a better place. Stevie Wonder’s music is the focus and inspiration behind this piece, which allows dancers to intimately express relationships between individuals and the world at large.


The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is collaborating with Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown and his company members on several community outreach experiences during their four-day residency in Miami. Activities are planned Wednesday, February 15 – Friday, February 17 in advance of the group’s highly anticipated public performance on the evening of Saturday, February 18.

A collaborative dance workshop at SMDCAC is planned for the students of Robert Russa Moton Elementary (RR Moton) and Perrine Elementary magnet schools (Feb. 16). The dance students of Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus are participating in a special master class with Ronald K. Brown on campus (Feb. 16). SMDCAC is partnering with the city of Cutler Bay to offer an intergenerational dance workshop experience to the students of the Arthur & Polly Mays 6-12 Conservatory and the senior citizens of Cutler Bay (Feb. 15 &17). Both groups will work together for two days in a creative dance experience that will allow both groups to socialize in a unique way.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community.

About Ronald K. Brown

Brooklyn-born RONALD K. BROWN founded the New York-based contemporary dance company EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY in 1985. In addition to his work with EVIDENCE, Brown has created work for the African American Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Grace in 1999 and Serving Nia in 2001, IFE/My Heart 2005), Ailey II, Cinque Folkloric Dance theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works, and Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire. He has collaborated with such artists as composer/designer Wunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, director Ernie McClintock’s Jazz Actors Theater, choreographers Patricia Hoffbauer and Rokiya Kone, and composers Robert Een, Oliver Lake, Bernadette Speech, David Simons, and Don Meissner. Brown has received numerous awards and fellowships including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Choreography, a National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer’s Fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in choreography, a New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie), a Black Theater Alliance Award, the American Dance Festival Humphrey/Weidman/Limón Award, and fellowships from the Edward and Sally van Lier Fund.


In addition, Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop Mentor of the Year (2000). In 2003, Ron received an AUDELCO (Black Theatre Award) for his choreography for Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats, originally produced by the McCarter Theater and presented off-Broadway in 2003. In 2006, Ron received the U.S.A. Artists Rose Fellowship award.


About the Building

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center serves as a showcase for the performing and media arts, welcoming people from all backgrounds and economic means. The facility includes 966 seat state-of-the- art theater, which features a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces (box office, lobby, concessions, etc.) and back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage and work areas, administrative offices, etc.). The site also includes an activities building which houses lab / experimental theaters, and may be used for classrooms, rehearsals, and small-scale performances. A beautiful outdoor plaza allows for festivals, art shows, and other outdoor activities. The concert lawn “back yard” slopes to the Black Creek Canal, and can host outdoor concerts, performances and events.


The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s award-winning public art collection. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.


 

     
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