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Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Presenting Series Thursday, January 22, 2015, 7:00 PM
Friday, January 23, 2015, 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 24, 2015, 7:30 PM

Brown’s inventive fusion of traditional African and modern dance returns, part inspired celebration of the music of Stevie Wonder and featuring community dancers.

Call Brown Mr. Wonder-ful. His profound “stories in movement” told to several songs from Wonder’s legendary catalog (“You and I,” “Living for the City,” “Higher Ground”) incorporate themes of community, ritual and shared experience. The company’s arts education residency integrates auditions and rehearsals for the piece On Earth Together transforming Michiana residents into dancers who will join the ensemble onstage. Brown’s signature “supple, spontaneous choreography” (The New York Times) also tours with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Company.

“Mr. Brown must be a modern-dance savior.” New York Times
 

POST-PERFORMANCE CELEBRATION (Jan 23)

Join us after Friday’s performance by Evidence for a free, ticketed African drumming and dance celebration. This high-spirited, high-powered rhythmic experience features community performers. Get up and dance!

 
Higher Ground: Dancing and Drumming Presenting Series Friday, January 23, 2015, 9:00 PM

Higher Ground: A Celebration of African Drumming and Dance

The Presenting Series honors the life and achievements of Martin Luther King, Jr. with three nights of inspired performances by Ronald K. Brown/Evidence. Immediately following Friday's performance, we embrace Brown's ability to transcend differences to achieve something more universally and poetically spiritual while acquainting audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms with Higher Ground: A Celebration of African Drumming and Dance.

Musicians and dancers from our community come together on stage, echoing Brown's themes of compassion and love explored in the residency and performances of On Earth Together, the large community engagement project undertaken by the center's Presenting Series and Evidence to present Brown's signature work set to the music of Stevie Wonder.

Note: This is a free but ticketed event. To guarantee your reservation, please pick-up your will call tickets at least 15 minutes before your event. In the event of a sell out, unclaimed will call tickets will be used to seat patrons waiting on standby.  

Rioult Dance NY Presenting Series Thursday, February 5, 2015, 7:00 PM
Friday, February 6, 2015, 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 7, 2015, 7:30 PM

This leading American modern dance company continues winning acclaim for a poetic program set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Former Martha Graham principal dancer Pascal Rioult (ree-you) brings South Bend the world premiere of "Polymorphous," the fourth in his internationally touring Bach Dances. Set to Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier, the other pieces are "Views of the Fleeting World" (set to The Art of Fugue), "Celestial Tide," (set to Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, and) "City" (set to Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 6 in G Major)

“Perhaps the most adept and courageous choreographer in mainstream modern dance today.” Backstage

 
Pilobolus Presenting Series Friday, May 1, 2015, 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 2, 2015, 7:30 PM

Pilobolus returns with the quirky athleticism and enthusiasm for humor that’s made the dance company an international entertainment brand. May contain partial nudity.

Featured on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Academy Awards and OK Go’s Grammy nominated video “All is Not Lost,” Pilobolus are adult children going out to play, armed with fun, a little sensuality they create a spectacle of dance, gymnastics, theater and mime. With nearly four decades of creative productions and a body of over 100 choreographic works, it is more than a dance company—Pilobolus is an influential force in the artistic community and remain as unpredictable and fascinating as ever. Pilobolus makes fanciful and exciting dance suitable for a more mature audience.

“We have kept the idea of collaboration as the singular organizing feature of the company.”
–Robby Barnett, artistic director

“You can convince people that what they’re looking at is art. But you can’t convince them they’re having fun when they’re not.”
–Robby Barnett, artistic director

“Pilobolus proves once again it does it best.”
Philadelphia Inquirer

 
Pilobolus Children's Matinee Presenting Series Saturday, May 2, 2015, 2:00 PM

Original and inventive, Pilbolus’ unbelievably athletic dancers perform a special program designed for young audiences.

All ages / 60 minutes / no intermission

This matinee is sure to delight the imaginations of all children. A long-time arts education advocate, Pilobolus’ educational partners include Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harlem Children’s Zone, American Dance Festival and New York City and Connecticut public schools. The company is the recipient of the 20th Anniversary Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award, recognizing lifetime achievement in modern dance.

 
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