Celebrating 35 years of fusing the beauty of traditional African movement with contemporary choreography, The Joyce Theater Foundation(Linda Shelton, Executive Director) welcomes the return of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE. With a mixed bill of company classics and a newly-commissioned work, the Brooklyn company will playThe Joyce Theater from February 25-March 1. Tickets, ranging in price from $10-$45, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org, or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.
For their 35th anniversary, Brooklyn native Ronald K. Brown and his company EVIDENCE bring their signature contemporary African style back to The Joyce with a program that honors two of the company’s seminal works—both marking their own 20th anniversaries—and a new piece direct from its world premiere. In High Life, the company explores the experience of African-Americans in pursuit of a “a better life,” and what one can bring and what one leaves behind in the process. Originally created for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1999, and now part of the EVIDENCE repertoire, Grace is simultaneously an ode to God’s love and a tribute to the legacy of Alvin Ailey. Rounding out the program is Mercy, a newly-commissioned collaboration and companion piece to Grace, featuring original compositions from Meshell Ndegeocello.
On Wednesday, February 26, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE will kick off the start of their 35thanniversary with a special one-night-only benefit performance with special guest artists. Joining the season program for this singular evening is an excerpt from Open Door, performed by Linda Celeste Sims and Glenn Allen Sims, courtesy of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. All benefit tickets, starting at $350, include a post-performance reception with the artists, hosted by Reggie Van Lee. For the Wednesday, February 26 benefit tickets only, tickets may be purchased by contacting Vernon Scott at email@example.com or by phone at 646-278-0442.
ABOUT RONALD K. BROWN/EVIDENCE
Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, EVIDENCE focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. The choreography 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 the African American dance community and is instrumental in encouraging young dancers to choreograph and develop careers in dance.
Brown’s choreography is in high demand. He has set works 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, PHILADANCO!, and others. He choreographed Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, Crowns, and won an AUDELCO Award for his work on that production.
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE now tours to over 25 communities in the United States and abroad. The company has traveled to Cuba, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Mexico, Senegal, Nigeria, South Africa, and Canada to perform, teach master classes, and conduct lecture/demonstrations for individuals of all ages. Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE brings arts education and cultural connections to local communities that have historically lacked these experiences. Annually, the company reaches an audience of more than 25,000.
ABOUT THE JOYCE THEATER
The Joyce Theater Foundation (“The Joyce,” Executive Director, Linda Shelton), a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community for over three decades. Under the direction of founders Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, Ballet Tech Foundation acquired and The Joyce renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea. Opening as The Joyce Theater in 1982, it was named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther’s clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to build the theater. Ownership was secured by The Joyce in 2015. The theater is one of the only theaters built by dancers for dance and has provided an intimate and elegant home for over 400 U.S.-based and international companies. The Joyce has also expanded its reach beyond its Chelsea home through off-site presentations at venues ranging in scope from Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater, to Brooklyn’s Invisible Dog Art Center, and to outdoor programming in spaces such as Hudson River Park. To further support the creation of new work, The Joyce maintains longstanding commissioning and residency programs. Local students and teachers (K–12th grade) benefit from its school program, and family and adult audiences get closer to dance with access to artists. The Joyce’s annual season of about 48 weeks of dance now includes over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 150,000.
The Joyce Theater presents Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE from February 25-March 1. The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30pm; Thursday and Friday at 8pm; Saturday at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday at 2pm. A Curtain Chat, a free post-performance talkback with members of the company, will take place on Wednesday, February 26. TheSaturday, February 29 performance at 2pm is part of the Family Performance Series, with tickets available for kids for only $10. Tickets, ranging in price from $10-$45, can be purchased at www.Joyce.org, or by calling JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. Please note: ticket prices are subject to change. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue at West 19th Street. For more information, please visit www.Joyce.org.
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Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been received from the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.
Leadership support for The Joyce’s presentation of dance is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
The Joyce’s Open Channels Project promoting diverse voices is generously supported by the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Generous support for this engagement was provided through a grant from The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation to encourage the performance of New York City-based companies at The Joyce Theater.
Lead support for piloting the Evidence/Joyce Administrative Collaboration has been provided by Howard Gilman Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and The New York Community Trust.
Underwriting support for The Joyce’s presentation of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE provided by Amit Wadhwaney. Commissioning support for Mercy generously provided, in part, by The Joyce’s Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Work.
Major support for The Joyce has been provided by Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.
Key support has been provided by First Republic Bank, GKV Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Thompson Family Foundation, and Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
The Joyce Theater’s Dance Presentation Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson.