Ronald K. Brown

Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015

New York, NY

Since 1985, Founder and Artistic Director of Evidence, Ronald K. Brown, has fused traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Committed to collaboration, he has worked with artists in many disciplines including composer and Doris Duke Artist Award recipient Oliver Lake and the late writer Craig G. Harris. In 2014, he and jazz pianist Jason Moran created The Subtle One, a work celebrating ancestors and the impact they have on our lives. Featuring a reflective Brown in all white, he described his meditative work Through Time and Culture (2014) as “about transition and perspective.” He has created pieces for numerous companies notably Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire and Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. His lists of awards include a Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts Grant (2013), several NEFA National Dance Project grants, and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2000). He is currently an Artist in Residence at BRIC in Brooklyn.

  • Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes
    Ronald K. Brown
  • The Subtle One (2014)
  • Ronald K. Brown- TORCH (2010): /122463024
    TORCH (2010)

What fuels your impulse to make creative work?

The ideas that become dances are initiated by the hope to share reflections on liberation, strength and beauty, through movement and music.