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 Tuesday, January 23, 2007 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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Ronald K. Brown's Evidence Dance Company Performs Jan. 27
By Laima Gaigalas, marketing manager, College of Music

Traveling with a dance company, its costumes and sets isn't easy, so it's always a special occasion when world class dancers pay a visit to Boulder. In fact, the Artist Series' Jan. 27 presentation of choreographer Ronald K. Brown's Evidence Dance Company will mark the group's very first performance in Colorado.

Praised as “one of the most profound choreographers of his modern dance generation” by The New York Times, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence blends African, modern, ballet and hip-hop dance styles to tell stories about what is important about the human experience. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ronald K Brown/Evidence's focus on the seamless fusion of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word, provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies and triumphs. “I want people to have their spirits lifted. I am interested in sharing perspectives through modern dance, theater and kinetic storytelling. I want my work to be evidence of these perspectives,” said Brown.

Brown's award winning company now tours to more than 15 cities in the United States each year and has traveled to Cuba, Brazil, England, France, Greece, Hungary, and Senegal to perform, teach master classes and conduct lecture/demonstrations for young people, an unusual feat for a mid-sized company like Evidence. At the same time, Evidence fills a need of a local community largely starving for arts education and cultural and historical connections. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Philadanco, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Jennifer Muller/The Works and other prominent dance companies also have commissioned Ronald K. Brown's work.

Tickets are still available for this special Artist Series performance Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Macky Auditorium. Tickets are $10 to $50. CU-Boulder students can save up to 50% and CU-Boulder faculty and staff can save 30% off of those prices. To order tickets, call 303-492-8008, visit www.cuconcerts.org, or stop by the CU Concerts Box Office in the southwest corner of the Imig Music Building.


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