Living Legacy Artist Ronald K.Brown and his company EVIDENCE will come to MANCC for the first time from May 15-21, 2022 to further his latest work, “The Equality of Night and Day (TEND).” “TEND” examines the concepts of balance, equity, and fairness as it considers the conflicting present-day issues that young people, women, and people of color now face in a world where exploitation, gentrification, racism, and xenophobia are on the rise. The current shift in public discourse anchors this new piece.
Celebrated for his pioneering artistry that has portrayed the struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of the African American community through dance for over 35 years, “TEND” will build on Brown’s work “Mercy” (2019) and will complete an evening-length trilogy that also includes “Grace” (1999), which was first commissioned for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
In addition to a large ensemble of dancers who will be at MANCC, collaborators include jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran, racial justice advocate Angela Davis, African American photography expert Deborah Willis, costume designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya, and technical director Tsubasa Kamei.
At MANCC, Brown plans to work with the dancers and his technical collaborator to hone production elements and the movement vocabulary of the piece.