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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


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!  Get your free tickets


Join the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Presenting Series to celebrate the human spirit, the power of a unified community and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  More Information

Auditions: On Earth Together

For participants of all abilities ages 8–80—no dance training or experience required. You are invited to audition for Mr. Ronald K. Brown on January 14, 2015. Selected participants will perform with the troupe Jan 22-24. Sign up for our weekly email and check back here for updates and details.

Higher Ground: Dancing and Drumming Presenting Series Friday, January 23, 2015, 8:30 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.


Join the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Presenting Series to celebrate the human spirit, the power of a unified community and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  More Information

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

Moving Through Math: Geometric Transformations & Symmetry Kennedy Center Workshop Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 4:00 PM

For teachers of Grades K–4
For up to 30 teachers

Many young students only learn to recognize shapes in isolation, and in base orientation. When shapes are combined, flipped, or rotated, many children can no longer recognize them! However, when young students learn to construct and manipulate shapes with their bodies, their spatial reasoning skills are dramatically enhanced. Connecting creative movement to visual understanding adds a powerful new dimension to the study of geometry. In this workshop, teachers learn to lead the creative movement story, Meet the Shape Family. This story takes young children on a step-by-step journey through lines, angles, shapes, shape transformations, composite shapes, and 3-dimensional shapes. During this joyful experience, children move, create, and collaborate with partners and in small groups. Children extend their thinking when they identify and draw complex shapes in the world around them. for older students, they will learn to master lines (orientations and relationships), angles, hierarchy and classification of shapes, side/angle relationships, area and perimeter, and 3-dimensional shapes (vertices, edges, and faces).

MARCIA DAFT is known for creating original instructional methods for teaching music as well as integrating music and movement into other areas of the curriculum. Her work has been used in classrooms throughout the United States for fifteen years. Ms. Daft is a national workshop leader for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a Master Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, and a consultant for arts institutions throughout the U.S. She has developed museum exhibitions, broadcast programs, and educational programs for the Smithsonian Institution. She has also written over twenty children's educational books for both the Smithsonian Institution and the National Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Daft holds a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering from Duke University, a Master’s Degree in music from the University of Chicago, and studied piano performance at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. She holds both a Certificate and License in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and performs as part of the duo-piano team Le Quattro Mani.

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

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