[Ronald K. Brown / Evidence: A Dance CompanyGrace and Mercy ] Photo by Matt Karas
Photo by Matt Karas

SummerScape Dance
July 5–7

Ronald K. Brown / Evidence: A Dance Company
Grace and Mercy 

SummerScape Commission / World Premiere

Choreography by Ronald K. Brown

Original score for Mercy written and performed by Meshell Ndegeocello
Live music for Grace performed by Peven Everett and others


“His dances, earthy and subtly rapturous, tell stories of spirituality by weaving a tapestry of modern dance and West African forms.” —New York Times

"Astounding, something to be sensed as well as seen." —New York Times 

This electrifying double bill, from choreographer Ronald K. Brown and a host of world-class musicians, includes the premiere of Mercy, with soul-and-rock legend Meshell Ndegeocello performing her specially commissioned score for the first time. The program also features a newly conceived, 20th-anniversary presentation of Brown’s soulful masterpiece Grace, originally created in 1999 for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mixing modern and West African dance idioms to depict a spiritual journey to the promised land, Grace is presented for the first time with entirely live music, including performances by R&B virtuoso Peven Everett.

Opening Night Reception for Members
Friday, July 5

Post-Performance Conversation
Saturday, July 6

Pre-Performance Conversation
Sunday, July 7 at 1 pm
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