Ron K. Brown interview, 1999-09-26

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Ron K. Brown interview, 1999-09-26
Additional title: Evidence
Additional title: Ronald K. Brown video archive
Brown, Ronald K., 1966- (Interviewee)
Penn, Robert E. (Interviewee)

Ronald K. Brown Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1999-09-26
Table of Contents
Reels 1 & 2: Ron K. Brown interview, side-angle shot (124 min.) -- Reels 3 & 4: Ron K. Brown interview, front-facing close shot (122 min.)
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDVD 5-6883
Brown, Ronald K., 1966- -- Interviews
Taylor, Cheryl Boyce
Evidence Dance Company
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Water (Choreographic work : Brown)
Upside down (Choreographic work : Brown)
Walking out the dark (Choreographic work : Brown)
High life (Choreographic work : Brown)
Grace (Choreographic work : Brown)
African American dance
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Various parts of this interview are found on other titles throughout the Ronald K. Brown video archive.
Venue: Recorded September 26, 1999 New York City.
Acquisition: Gift; Robert E. Penn and Ronald K. Brown, 2011.
Physical Description
Extent: 4 videocassettes (MiniDV) (246 min.) : sound, color ; 1/4 in.
Reels 1 and 3: Interview with Ronald K. Brown where he discusses his childhood, early experiences and exposure to dance, people influential and instrumental in his professional development, how West African social dance inspires his style of choreography, over-arching themes in his works, his development and rehearsal process for his works, and the role of the arts in society as a whole. He goes into detail about the development of his work Water, as well as major themes and the collaboration with Cheryl Boyce Taylor. He also discusses his work Upside Down, the social value of dance, and the origin of the name of his company, Evidence Dance Company. Reels 2 and 4: Continuation of the explanation of the name of his company. Brown then discusses his musical inspirations, the differing dynamics of working with a company other than his own, the current iteration of the company (at the time of recording) and how the members work together, the history of Evidence Dance Company, the structure of the company (Board of Directors, etc.), the New York dance scene and Evidence's position in it, his hopes for the future, dance venues in Brooklyn, other places he'd like Evidence to perform, his upcoming (at the time of recording) works Walking Out the Dark and High Life, and working with the Alvin Ailey Company on his piece, Grace.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20250093
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): ad4569a0-3091-0132-ffc6-3c075448cc4b
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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Ron K. Brown interview, 1999-09-26" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1999.

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Ron K. Brown interview, 1999-09-26