Center Stage Series: EVIDENCE

Showcasing traditional African dance mixed with contemporary choreography New York-based dance company EVIDENCE will perform as part of the Luther College Center Stage Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in Luther's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall. The event is co-sponsored by the Luther College Diversity Council.

Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985, EVIDENCE promotes the understanding of the human experience in the African diaspora. Through dance and storytelling, the dance company provides sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement and spoken word, leading deeper into issues like spirituality, community responsibility and liberation. Dance styles of EVIDENCE take contemporary, modern and contemporary urban dance and fuse with Senegalese Sabar, West African movement vocabularies and Afro-Caribbean styles.

Brown, an advocate for growth in the African American dance community, uses movement to reinforce the importance of community, and to connect audiences with traditional African dance forms and rhythms. His choreography has been hailed by the New York Times as "raw" and "propulsive…[it] makes you want to get up and dance."

In high demand, having choreographed for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ballet Hispanico and Philadanco, Brown has received several awards for his choreography, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bessie award, a Black Theater Alliance award and an Aldeco award for his choreography in Regina Taylor's musical "Crowns."

EVIDENCE tours nationally and internationally, to perform and provide master classes. The group also conducts lectures and demonstrations for audiences and students of all ages.

"I hope that when people see the work, their spirits are lifted. I am interested in sharing modern perspectives through modern dance, theater and kinetic storytelling. I want my work to be evidence of these perspectives," Brown said.

This event is open to the public; tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors 65+, and $15 for youth ages 4-18. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu, or via the Ticket Office at (563) 387-1357 or [email protected]. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Thursday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Preceding the performance, a Center Stage Dinner Series will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is an additional $19 per person, and tickets can be purchased through the Ticket Office.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.