Ron K. Brown’s reverence for our placement in a place permeates his choreography, bringing us into exploring what impels our personal way of moving. We are connected to our location of ancestry. We move according to the demands and allowances of a particular space; we develop an internal rhythm that can be both comfortable with or in conflict with the external beat.
His is a visceral sensibility, putting us into ourselves to recognize our center of gravity through body alignment that is as much a tell-tale of our origin as is our speech. Indeed, the body speaking is at the core of Brown’s work, a narrative beginning in the midst of a story and culminating in continuation. Fluidity impelled through the flat-footed contact with the floor is Brown’s signature reference. Dancers seem to float in their own spheres.
With only costumes and lighting as embellishments to the body in movement, we are transported to a variety of locales through three pieces performed by a company of eight. Opening with a prayer in sanctification of the shared space, “Ife: My Heart” locates three pairs of dancers in the U.S., Cuba and West Africa "implor[ing] each of us to ‘release your heart’ in response to the conflicts/conditions in the world and in personal relationships.”
“On Earth Together” set on music by Stevie Wonder and “Grace” set on music by Duke Ellington, Roy Davis, Jr., and Fela Anikulapo Kuti equally underscore acts of working through conflict toward building nurturing relationships. Jan. 13 at The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts.