Dancer and Choreographer Brooklyn, NY
2006 USA Fellow
This award was generously supported by Lynn and Douglas Freeman, on behalf of the Ernest and Irma Rose Foundation. _
dancer and choreographer Ronald K. Brown founded the dance company Evidence in New York in 1985. Brown’s work incorporates modern dance, Senegalese Sabar and other West African movement vocabularies, Afro-Caribbean dance, and contemporary urban dance from around the world. He 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. Brown plans to travel to conduct further research and to complete a new work, One Shot, based on the photographs of Charles Teenie Harris (1908–1998), who chronicled African American life in Pittsburgh as the photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the oldest black newspapers in the country.