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Choreographer Ronald K. Brown blends African dance traditions with contemporary dance vocabulary to create an aesthetic style that is earthy, powerful and surprisingly intimate. 2020 continues the 20th anniversary celebration of the premiere of one of his signature pieces, Grace. Grace is an ode to God's grace and is dedicated to the legacy of Alvin Ailey. The dance weaves the story of a Goddess’ journey to Earth to spread grace among humans, ultimately welcoming them to heaven, set to a score that includes works of Duke Ellington, Roy Davis Jr. and Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
CAP UCLA presents Grace@20, a three-day celebration of this seminal work featuring:
Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 7PM PST | ONLINE
An online screening of Grace followed by a live discussion with choreographer, Ron Brown and LA-based dancer/choreographer, Barry Brannum.
Online Community Class
Fri, Nov 13, 2020 at 3PM PST | ONLINE
All levels are welcome, participants should dress in loose fitting clothing. No dance experience is needed, just an open heart.
Let’s Say Grace and Talk About It After!
Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 3PM PST | ONLINE
A live conversation with Ron Brown and special guests: Artist and Filmmaker, Arthur Jafa; Associate Professor: UCLA School of Nursing, MarySue Heilemann; Artist and Social Justice Advocate, Theo Bonner Perkins and CAP UCLA's Artistic and Executive Director, Kristy Edmunds. Moderated by CAP UCLA’s Director of Education, Meryl Friedman, the discussion will explore the aesthetic forms of Ron Brown’s choreography Grace as a way of artistic expression, and the human forms of the concept of grace — as a source of healing, honoring and empowerment.
Funds provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Endowment Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant Endowment.