The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the international touring troupe Evidence: A Dance Company, as part of the Performance Plus series in Fisher Auditorium, on Wednesday, February 23, 2011, at 8:00 p.m.
Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York, Evidence is a thriving contemporary dance ensemble, widely recognized as one of the finest in the country. With a focus on sharing history and traditions, the group uses music, movement, and spoken word to paint vivid pictures.
The company celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary last year, which included a ground-breaking tour of Africa with the support of DanceMotion/USA. Evidence has also appeared at major performance venues across the U.S. and abroad. Brown also received the Astaire Award in June 2010 and his career was celebrated with an exhibit at the Peg Alston Fine Arts Gallery in NYC.
Sarah Kaufman, of the Washington Post, recently wrote of Evidence, “The dancing is undeniably powerful; it sweeps you up in its physical tumult and strong emotions. There is nothing cool and restrained about Brown’s works…”
For their Indiana appearance, the company is scheduled to perform two pieces of Brown’s original choreography. The featured work of the evening, “One Shot: First Glance,” is based on the photography of late Charles “Teenie” Harris. Harris, a noted photojournalist with the Pittsburgh Courier, documented everyday African American life in the city. Using the photography as inspiration, Brown interprets the Harris photography through video, music, and movement.
The dance work is done in conjunction with a University Museum exhibit that features the work of Harris, along with quilts by Tina Williams Brewer and paintings and prints by Ben Shahn.
The company’s other selection, “Two Year-old Gentleman,” is a piece loosely based on the relationship between Brown’s nephew and his grandfather. The work poses questions about the responsibility of men as well as paying homage to traditions passed down from one generation to another. Local student and dancer James Latson will perform with the company as the young gentleman.
Tickets for the Evidence performance are available now at the Hadley Union Building ticket office on the IUP campus or online. Remaining tickets can be purchased at the door beginning one hour prior to the start of the performance.
Tickets are $16 for regular admission, $10 for students and children, and $14 for seniors (62 and older). For more information, call The Lively Arts at 724-357-2547 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Performance Plus is presented by the College of Fine Arts. This event, presented in celebration of Black History Month, is sponsored by the Massaro Corporation and is additionally funded, in part, by the IUP Student Cooperative Association, African American Cultural Center, Office of International Education, and Liberal Studies Program. Additional support has been provided by Pan-African Studies, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.