As the Covid pandemic has evolved into a less rigid situation and fewer people are dealing with its wrath, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA brings live dance production back to its prestigious Royce Hall stage. This Saturday, March 5, at 8 p.m., award-winning choreographer Ronald K. Brown and his company EVIDENCE will perform “The Equality of Night and Day: First Glimpse” and “Upside Down” (1998).
With an original score by jazz pianist Jason Moran and spoken word by educator and activist Angela Davis, this new work examines current events through a lens of equity and fairness with respect to young people, women and people of color.
The second piece on the program, “Upside Down” (1998), explores the ideas of destiny, community and the individual within that.
Brown’s signature movement vocabulary mixes African dance traditions with contemporary stylizations. The 37-year-old company has toured the globe, and its director is the recipient of many national choreographic awards. RKB/Evidence presents what promotional materials describe as “a unique view of human struggles, tragedies and triumphs, using movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms in his blended style.”
Masks, vaccination records or appropriate test results are required for all audience members.
—Benn Widdey, Culture Spot LA
Royce Hall, UCLA 10745 Dickson Court, LA 90095