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RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE, 2/26/04
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
CENTER FOR THE ARTS
WELCOMES RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE
Thursday, February 26 at 8 pm
Fairfax, Virginia, February 2, 2004—One of today’s foremost choreographers, Ronald K. Brown has created a movement language all his own, and uses it in narrative pieces to make striking cultural commentary. Recognized for creating dances filled with lush movement and imagery, Brown’s dances explore aspirations and dreams both realized and deferred. Brown’s company, Evidence, makes its Center for the Arts debut on Thursday, February 26, at 8PM. An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the Hall’s Grand Tier. Using original text and poetry, Brown’s stunning work is a confluence of modern, African and Cuban dance, filled with fervent expression. Says Anna Kisselgoff in The New York Times, Brown’s work is "striking in its purity…Mr. Brown has drawn again on his visits to the Ivory Coast and other parts of West Africa and transformed his experiences there into something deceptively abstract and directly universal…"
For the 2003-2004 season, Ronald K. Brown has created a new work set to the music of one of the legends of American music, Nina Simone. "Come Ye," co-commissioned by the Center for the Arts, Dance Place, Washington Performing Arts Society and the St. Joseph Historical Society, explores some of the content of Ms. Simone’s recordings, which, according to Brown, "teach self-determination, with a density that is created by her throaty voice and emotional testimonies." This is a full-company work of approximately 15-18 minutes featuring Simone’s classic rendition of "Come Ye," from her 1967 release "High Priestess of Soul." Creating this piece allowed Brown to "reach back and understand where and who I am…focusing on Ms. Simone as an African American storyteller and historian. My curiosity with her work and ‘Come Ye’ is consistent with my interest and dedication to review the messages of artists and activists who have made offerings rooted in spiritual guidance."
Recently called, "one of the most promising names in the category of Young Hope for the Future of Dance," by Sarah Kaufman in The Washington Post, Ronald K. Brown creates new work for his own company and for others like Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, African American Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Def Dance Jam Workshop, Alvin Ailey II and many others. Evidence, comprised of ten talented members, continues captivating audiences around the world with its finely crafted, exquisitely danced stories about heritage, truth, destiny and mankind’s need and desire to liberate the spirit within.
Tickets for RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE, Thursday, February 26, 2004, are $40, $32, $20. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.