Ronald K. Brown-related Dance and Music on the Map

January 25, 2021
University Libraries
Ronald K Brown / Evidence perform Grace

Online Pop-Up Library offers additional resources to enjoy Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE performance

In celebration of the company’s 35th anniversary season, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE will perform some of their highlights, including excerpts from Grace and Mercy on Thu, Feb 18 in a unique event co-presented by The Joyce Theater, Northrop, DANCECleveland, and Tri-C Performing Arts. The event will be available on demand through Thu, Mar 4.

To commemorate this event, the University Libraries have created a virtual pop-up library that brings together Libraries resources (available to University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff) and openly-accessible materials (available to all), each selected to guide a deeper understanding of the content and themes of this performance. Curated by University of Minnesota librarians with expertise in dance, maps, literature, and music, the Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE virtual pop-up library offers a window into the innovations and inspirations behind the company’s work. Through this digital exhibit, visitors can discover an enlightening combination of books, articles, maps, and streaming media focused on scholarship about global dance, the work of Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE that incorporates African dance and the African-American experience, the music of Duke Ellington, Fela Kuti, and Meshell Ndegeocello, and more.

The digital exhibit brings together links to freely accessible online sources and items that require a student, faculty, or staff username and password. Campus affiliates can log in to access digital materials, or request physical items using the Get It service. Members of the community can place interlibrary loan requests for many University Libraries books, scores, CDs, and DVDs through their local public library.

Since 2018, Northrop and the University Libraries have produced several in-person pop-up library events aligned with the content presented on Northrop’s stages and, new this year, online to audiences. In their new online form, these pop-up libraries allow librarians to bring books, recordings, maps, and other resources related to Northrop performances to new audiences. While campus libraries are temporarily inaccessible to many visitors, digital exhibits create opportunities to connect arts supporters with Libraries resources that can help with diving deeper into a topic.

To learn more, please visit the University Libraries online, and explore the digital guides to research on dance, maps, and music.

Jessica Abbazio, Melinda Kernik, Karen Majewicz, Deborah Ultan, and André G. Wenzel of the University Libraries worked on this project.