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EVIDENCE, A Dance Company integrates traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word to provide a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. EVIDENCE will perform a collection of ensemble work, including: Grace, commissioned by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 20 years ago; Mercy, an ethereal movement meditation that seeks to guide our hearts, set to music by Meshell Ndegeocello; and Upside Down, an excerpt from the evening length work Destiny. The concert is a weekend-long celebration and culmination of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company’s Artist-in-Residence engagement with COCA and features COCA Co-Artistic Director of Dance Kirven Douthit-Boyd as a guest artist, performing on stage! 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 a community masterclass, Pre-Professional Division residencies, and the Speaker Series: Visioning Through Dance.

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 in 1985 in Brooklyn, New York. 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, Ballet Hispánico, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Malpaso Dance Company, Philadanco and many others. Brown additionally received a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony Award-winning Broadway and national touring production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess.

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 on Friday, April 16.

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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Performance Schedule:

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

Limited Number of In-Person Tickets | Livestream for At-Home Viewing

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