Choreographer Ronald K. Brown blends African dance traditions and contemporary dance vocabulary to create an aesthetic style that is earthy, powerful and intimate. His work seamlessly explores liberation, community responsibility, spirituality and struggle.
The Equality of Night and Day: First Glimpse is a new work which challenges the presumptions of balance, equity, and fairness with respect to young people, women, and people of color, in light of contrary current events. The piece features an original score by acclaimed jazz pianist Jason Moran and spoken word by educator and activist Angela Davis.
Upside Down (1998) begins with the premonition of community mourning. The dance continues as a race that reflects the impetus that drives the individual towards their destiny. The dance uses the loss of a community member as a rite and calls for solidarity. The ascension and passing on of one soul is also used as an image to reflect that the destiny is to the self.
The presentation of The Equality of Night and Day: First Glimpse is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
CAP UCLA is pleased to have been one of the commissioning partners for the creation of The Equality of Night and Day: First Glimpse.