Five Fast Facts: Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE 

February 11, 2021
Two female dancers perform on stage.
A male dancer in a purple shirt performs against a purple background.


Dancer, choreographer and founder of the dance company EVIDENCE, Ronald K. Brown created his company when he was only 19 years old. The company’s name originates from the name of the first dance Brown ever choreographed, also named EVIDENCE.

A male dancer dressed in bright orange performs against a purple background.

"For You" Photo by Julieta Cervantes.

Two dancers leap high in the air with their leg spread wide.

"Lessons" Photo by Ayodele Casel.


Brown is also an accomplished global citizen. Having lived in Norway and Belgium, as well as having taught in France, England, Brazil, Korea, and the Ivory Coast, he wants his dancers to explore how they are a product of their ancestry and move in a way that shows their past and present.

A group of dancers wearing all white perform on stage.

"Grace" Photo by Julietta Cervantes.


Brown has created choreography for a multitude of well-known dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Philadanco, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Jennifer Muller/The Works, among others. Additionally, he was the recipient of the 2020 Jacob’s Pillow Award, the 2018 Dance Magazine Award, and the 2018 American Dance Festival’s Scripps Award.

A female dancer performs on stage in front of white columns.

"Mercy" Photo by Julietta Cervantes.


Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE have established a unique, signature movement style and vocabulary that has been described as a “blend of West African, Caribbean, and contemporary genres.” This distinct blend results in pieces that have been referred to as “otherworldly, charged, urgent in their undulating sweep and unaffectedly fervent.

Top image "Mercy" Photo by Julietta Cervantes.