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Evidence — A Dance Company to Perform
Ronald K. Brown's Dance Stories at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 1, 2007

Evidence-A Dance CompanyEAU CLAIRE — Evidence — A Dance Company will present an evening of choreographer Ronald K. Brown's dance stories Monday, Feb. 12, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The Artists Series performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this season, Evidence — A Dance Company has taken its unique blend of African, Caribbean, modern, ballet and contemporary urban dance to prestigious venues around the world. The ensemble was created by Ronald K. Brown, acclaimed as "one of the few major choreographers to emerge in American modern dance in the last 10 years" (The New York Times). Brown is the company's artistic director and choreographer, as well as one of its eight dancers.

"Choreographer Ronald K. Brown is the real deal," wrote The New York Times. "For the last 20 years, his Brooklyn-based company, Evidence, has been exploring dance idioms from across the African Diaspora, mixing Cuban, Caribbean, West African and modern American dance forms with an impressively light touch. The result? Percussive, high-energy works that joyously splice complex rhythms with a deep but down-to-earth spirituality."

Three of Brown's dance stories are on the Artists Series program, which will conclude with "Grace" (1999), originally choreographed for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. A spiritual journey set to the music of Duke Ellington and others, "Grace" has been described as "stunning ... shimmering, gutsy" by The New York Times.

"Brown abstracts traces of gestures, fragments of colloquial style, and threads them through the body," wrote The New Republic. "Little stories and intimate details flow through the dancers' musculature. The movement builds quietly from within the body, winding hints of thoughts with allusions to history in complicated physical and spatial patterns that seem utterly natural."

Dance is Brown's way of retaining African culture for a new generation. He shares various perspectives of life through modern dance, theater and kinetic storytelling. Music plays an important role as his fuel and inspiration; poems, letters and historical texts are also at the core of much of his work. Brown is inspired by writers who are activists and who write about individual and collective responsibility. Each of these elements combines to inspire the viewer to think, feel and listen to the instruction at the heart of the dance story.

Brown has choreographed numerous works for his own company, as well as for Philadanco, Alvin Ailey, the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the Maimouna Keita West African Dance Company, and many others. Brown has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bessie, a Black Theater Alliance Award, and an Audelco Award for the choreography of Regina Taylor's musical "Crowns." In 2006 he was named a United States Artists Rose Fellow in dance.

Tickets are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the Service Center counter in the east lobby of Davies Center and will also be sold at the door.

Patrons may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Artists Series is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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