Ronald K. Brown
Receives The 2020
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award

BROWN IS HONORED AT DANCE WE MUST: A VIRTUAL EVENT SUPPORTING JACOB’S PILLOW, ON JUNE 20TH AT 7PM

June 17, 2020 (Becket, MA)—Jacob’s Pillow announces Ronald K. Brown as the recipient of the 2020 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. A master choreographer and visionary storyteller, Brown’s distinct blend of West African, Caribbean, and contemporary genres is embedded with an unmatched sense of musicality, spiritual traditions, and humanity. An advocate for the growth of the African American dance community for over thirty years, Brown creates works that show audiences “the evidence of themselves and the evidence of our human condition,” and tells stories of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown will be honored at Dance We Must: A Virtual Event Supporting Jacob’s Pillow, streamed free online on June 20th, at 7pm Eastern.

“I’m honored beyond measure for this recognition from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. I still remember all of the times Evidence has premiered works at the Pillow especially our first, Dirt Road in 1994 and most recently New Conversations: Iron Meets Water in 2018. I often tell students and mentees to ‘work for the sake of the work, and not for the sake of the goal,’ and to find gratitude in every opportunity to share your purpose,” says Ronald K. Brown.

“At the start of the year, I thought deeply about who should receive this award and it was such an honor to call Ron in January and give him the news. Ron is an artist of great power who is being recognized for his vision and a signature vocabulary that is deeply grounded and visceral while also highly spiritual and transcendent. In all of his works, Ron is there: a radiant human being who is deeply dedicated to dance as a means of transformation and action. I couldn’t be more excited that he will be receiving this award,” says Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge.

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