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Join us for a weekend-long celebration and culmination of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company’s Artist-in-Residence engagement COCA. This performance weekend builds a bridge between pre-professional and professional dance, featuring dancers of COCAdance sharing the stage—for the first time ever—with the professional artists of EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. Brown’s work, and the talent displayed onstage will inspire audiences of all ages.

COCA’s dance families have the incredible opportunity to engage with Brown’s masterful work through community masterclasses, Pre-Professional Division residencies, and a rare chance to observe a portion of the company’s creative development period at COCA.

COCA’s Artist-in-Residence engagement and performance with Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company is curated in collaboration with COCA’s Artistic Directors of Dance Antonio Douthit-Boyd and Kirven Douthit-Boyd. It affirms COCA’s commitment to progressing its approach to dance education and elevating the community’s dance theatre experience.

About the Artist:
Ronald K. Brown founded EVIDENCE, A Dance Company in 1985 in Brooklyn NY. The mission of EVIDENCE is to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement, and spoken word, leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation. Brown is one of the nation’s most celebrated choreographers. 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 many others.

Speakers Series: Visioning Through Dance

Hear from Ronald K. Brown from EVIDENCE, A Dance Company as he discusses his artistic process and what audiences and artists can gain from engaging with the process of dance.

This session will precede or follow the 7:00PM performance.

About COCA’s Speaker Series:

COCA’s Speaker Series brings thought-provoking and inspiring work and conversation to our stage and your home in this unique opportunity to experience more than just the show. Throughout the COCA Presents season, we tap professional artists across arts disciplines to share their experiences, the stories behind their work, and their visions for the future of performing arts.

While the performing arts community has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, COCA’s Speaker Series celebrates some of the many artists still hard at work; the visionaries keeping the stage light on.

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Three Shows:

FRI, APR 16 | 7:00PM
SAT, APR 17 | 7:00PM
SUN, APR 18 | 3:00PM

Ticket on-sale date for spring 2021 performances to be announced. Please check back.

Learn more about Ronald K. Brown’s career and the COCA engagement during Visioning Through Dance, a post-performance talk on Friday, April 16.