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Grace by Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE

April 30, 2020 Des Moines Civic Center

(UNITED STATES)

GRADES 4-12

Gain new understanding of the human experience and the African diaspora through Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE’s seamless integration of traditional African dance, modern choreography and spoken word.

This special performance for school audiences will be anchored by excerpts from Grace - a fervent tour-de-force depicting individuals on a journey to the promised land.  Described by The New York Times as “astounding, something to be sensed as well as seen,” this spiritually-charged work is a rapturous blend of modern dance and West African idioms.  As in many of Brown’s works, the movement alternates fluidly between extremes, with eruptions of power coupled with lightness.  A serene solo for an angel-like figure in white gives way to fireball intensity as 12 dancers resembling urban warriors execute Brown’s whirling, pounding choreography, arms and legs slicing the air and fingers pointing to the sky.
 
Brown’s varied music choices closely reflect the heart of the work, with the spiritual grounding of Duke Ellington’s Come Sunday, the contemporary yet timeless house music vibe of Roy Davis’ “Gabriel,” and the West African and African-American traditions of Fela Kuti’s Afro-Pop beats.

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 Please note: all children who enter the theater for this production must have a ticket and be at least three years old.

Event Details

Running Time 1 hour
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS
Social Studies
21st Century Skills
Dance

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