Joyce Theater



American Dance Platform 2019


Works Performed: New Conversations: Iron Meets Water, Upside Down, and Destiny

About the Company

Company Website

Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, EVIDENCE, A DANCE COMPANY focuses on the fusion of African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. This work provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of African forms and rhythms. EVIDENCE tours to some 30 communities in the United States annually. The company has traveled to Cuba, Brazil, United Kingdom, France, Greece, Hungary, Hawaii, Ireland, Holland, Mexico, Columbia, South Africa, Nigeria, Senegal, and in 2010 joined the U.S. State Department’s DanceMotion USASM tour to perform works, teach master classes, and conduct demonstrations. Annually, the company reaches an audience of more than 30,000. 

Latest Works

Witness: Insights & Insistence 

Friday, Jan 8 from 1-2.30pm ET.

A zoom conversation led by the illustrious, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Founding Artistic Director, Urban Bush Women) with Artistic Directors: Ana Maria Alvarez (CONTRA-TIEMPO); Kyle Abraham (A.I.M by Kyle Abraham); Reggie Wilson (Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group); and Ronald K. Brown (Ronald K. Brown / EVIDENCE). You are invited to witness a teaching moment as Jawole, endowed with a powerful artistic mastery and perspective, engages these four compelling leaders to reflect on their beginnings, share insights on their current work and collectively dive into ‘futuring’. The conversation will be followed by a short Q & A.


Mercy (2019) 

Watch the Trailer

Commissioned by Fisher Center at Bard and The Joyce Theater, Mercy marks the first collaboration between Choreographer Ronald K. Brown and Composer Meshell Ndegeocello. The piece focuses on seeking compassion, which leads one to have mercy. The tension of the dance embodies the words in Malian Composer/Singer Oumou Sangare’s Shirk, recorded by Ms. Ndegeocello. In this work, the dancers embark on a physical journey towards justice in response to assault that resolves in joy and surrender.


Saturday, January 9 at 3pm ET

Work-In-Progress from St. Louis Residency

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” - Angela Davis

The new work is presented in collaboration with jazz pianist and composer Jason Moran; racial justice advocate Angela Davis; and foremost expert on African American photography, Deborah Willis. The Equality of Night and Day comments on the presumptions of equity and balance displaying ease and disruption, peace and rapture, awakening and steadfast effort. The destination: resolute honesty as a reflection of our reality.

Additionally available for viewing until Tuesday, January 12 at 11:59 pm ET. To receive the link and password, please RSVP to

LIVE Community Class

Saturday, Jan 9 at 10 am ET

EVIDENCE Community Classes are designed for inter-generational participants with a wide range to no dance experience. Class will introduce the various dance techniques that are incorporated in the vocabulary of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE by using the virtual space as a means to collect, heal, celebrate, and move as a community.

To register for the class, please email

Funding Credits

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The Joyce Theater's American Dance Platform is dedicated to the memory of Theodore S. Bartwink of The Harkness Foundation for Dance.  Theodore S. Bartwink was a Joyce Theater Foundation Trustee from 1993 to 2014.

Major support for The Joyce’s presentation of the American Dance Platform has been provided by The Harkness Foundation for Dance.