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|Named Person:||Ronald K Brown; Jennifer Muller; Mary Anthony|
|Material Type:||Audio book, etc.|
|Document Type:||Sound Recording, Archival Material|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Ronald K Brown; Pamela Green; Jennifer Muller; Evidence Dance Company.
|Notes:||Interview with Ron K. Brown conducted by Pamela Green at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, New York, N.Y., on June 17, 2008.|
|Description:||2 sound discs (ca. 93 min.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in. + transcript (41 leaves)|
Ron K. Brown speaks with Pamela Green about starting a dance company, after being instructed by various mentors to tell the stories of his grandparents; started company, Evidence, in order to represent his family and his ancestoral legacy. Brown discusses inspirations found in other dancers' work (such as Alvin Ailey), poets (such as Craig Harris), singers (such as Nina Simone), writers (such as Nikki Giovanni and Essex Hemphill). Brown explores various themes in his work, such as spirituality, loss, identity, racial and class issues, same-sex love, community, and family. Brown explains the process through which he choreographs, explaining that the dances originate as ideas that are then worked out on the dancers while in the studio, using movement as a resource for shaping the ideas into contextualized pieces. Brown discusses the importance of having a dance company in which the dancers are given the space to truly invest in the work, saying that he has been blessed with dancers with whom he has deep connections. Brown discusses many of his choreographic works, including Walking out the dark, Dirt road, Combat review, Come ye, and others. Brown explains his spirituality and an ever-present connection to God; explains how his teaching and experience in Cote d'Ivoire, learning traditional African dance, and later, Afro-Cuban dance in Cuba, have reshaped the direction his choreography has taken, allowing him to use the language of traditional dance forms within a contemporary context. Brown discusses his experience as an African American male and the inevitability that the experience informs his choreography and creative process. Brown discusses current dances, such as One shot, and projects plans for future works; indicates his desire to work creatively with the musician and songwriter, Stevie Wonder.
- Brown, Ronald K., -- 1966- -- Interviews.
- Muller, Jennifer, -- 1949- -- Influence.
- Anthony, Mary -- Influence.
- One shot (Choreographic work : Brown)
- Come ye (Choreographic work : Brown)
- Walking out the dark (Choreographic work : Brown)
- Dirt road (Choreographic work : Brown)
- Combat review (Choreographic work : Brown)
- Modern dance.
- African Americans -- Social life and customs.
- Dance -- Africa, West.