Ronald K. Brown's Grace
Please Credit Photo: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's Matthew Rushing in Ronald K. Brown's Grace. Photo by Andrew Eccles
Choreographer: Ronald K. Brown       
Music: Duke Ellington, Roy Davis Jr., Paul Johnson & Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Ronald K. Brown’s landmark Grace, a rapturous, spiritually-charged work, was created for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1999. Infused with Brown’s signature blend of modern dance and West African idioms, this moving journey acknowledging the grace that surrounds us all is set to Duke Ellington's classic "Come Sunday," Roy Davis' hit "Gabriel," and the powerful rhythms of Fela Kuti's Afro-Pop. Born in Brooklyn, Brown has created and presented dances since 1985 with his company Evidence and has received the Bessie Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Dance Festival Humphrey/Weidman/Limon Award, among others. Most recently he received accolades for his Astaire award-winning choreography for the Broadway revival of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Robert Battle comments: “Brown’s choreography uses African dance in a unique and potent way. Grace is a brilliant work, and an important part of the Ailey repertory. From the beautiful opening solo set to Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” there are elements that represent both the religious and secular. The strong tension between these two opposites, and how they sometimes reflect one another, remains gripping right to the very end when the dancers exit upstage in white.”

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