Ronald K. Brown was nineteen when he created a solo called Evidence (1985), a work which turned out to hold the philosophical basis of his choreography and company. Brown believes that dance can give evidence to the way we are brought up and the ways in which we interact with one another. Born in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brown has traveled to West Africa and Cuba exploring movement in the African diaspora. His movement vocabulary fuses West African dance forms, both modern and postmodern dance, and elements of hip-hop. His many Pillow appearances include Water, High Life, and a memorable solo that he created in tribute to Katherine Dunham in 2002. For the opening of the Pillow’s 65th Anniversary Season in 1997, Brown recreated an iconic solo that had been performed by Asadata Dafora during the inaugural season of the Ted Shawn Theatre. The work seen here is a world premiere, supported in part by a Pillow Lab residency, as was Brown’s 2018 work, New Conversations.
EXPLORE JOHN PERPENER’S MULTIMEDIA ESSAY ON RONALD K. BROWN