Kent Dance Ensemble Welcomes Guest Artists Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag
The Kent Dance Ensemble, under the artistic direction of Gregory King, welcomed guest artists Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag of EVIDENCE, A Dance Company March 5 - 10, 2018. Brown is the founder and artistic director of EVIDENCE. Cabuag is the associate artistic director of EVIDENCE. During their residency, Brown and Cabuag will set Ronald K. Brown's Gatekeepers (1999) on the dancers of the ensemble. The Kent Dance Ensemble will perform Gatekeepers during the Kent Dance Ensemble: Prime concert April 6 - 8.
Ronald K. Brown founded Evidence, A Dance Company in 1985. He has worked with Mary Anthony Dance Theater, Jennifer Muller/The Works and other choreographers and artists. Brown has set works on Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ailey II, Cleo Parker Robinson Ensemble, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Jennifer Muller/The Works, Jeune Ballet d’Afrique Noire, Ko-Thi Dance Company, Philadanco, Muntu Dance Theater of Chicago and Ballet Hispanico.
He has collaborated with such artists as composer/designer Omotayo Wunmi Olaiya, the late writer Craig G. Harris, director Ernie McClintock’s Jazz Actors Theater, choreographers Patricia Hoffbauer and Rokiya Kone, and composers Robert Een, Oliver Lake, Bernadette Speech, David Simons, and Don Meissner
He choreographed Regina Taylor’s award-winning play, Crowns and won an AUDELCO Award for his work on that production. Brown has won a Fred & Adele Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Tony winning The Gershwin's Porgy & Bess, adapted by Suzan Lori Parks, arrangement by Diedre Murray & directed by Diane Paulus.
In addition Brown was named Def Dance Jam Workshop Mentor of the Year in 2000 and has received; John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographers Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, and The Ailey Apex Award for teaching. Brown is a member of Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.
Arcell Cabuag is a Filipino American native of San Jose, California where he trained with Charlie McGowan, Debbie Wilson, Keith Banks, and Soozi Childers. In 1995, he moved to New York City and attended the Alvin Ailey School where he was first introduced to Ronald K. Brown and EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. His professional experience prior includes dancing in: Rock the House for Paramount Pictures, The Shoji Tabuchi Show in Branson, MO, the Richard Rodgers Centennial Production of The King and I, the episode Choreographed on Law and Order SVU, and a "Codorinu" commercial with Pilobolus shot and aired in Barcelona.
Arcell enjoys serving the dance community teaching master-classes and setting EVIDENCE repertory to dance institutions including; The Alvin Ailey School BFA Program, the Dance International Program in Japan, Peridance's Certificate Program, Dance Attack Studio, the New Orleans Ballet Association Summer Intensive, and as the resident teacher and co-director of the National Choreography Institute. Arcell is currently a professor at Long Island University, (Brooklyn Campus) and a Co-Director of the Bedford Stuyvesant Center For Arts & Culture Youth Arts Academy Pre-Professional Training program/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.
Arcell has assisted Brown in setting works on Philadanco, MUNTU Drum and Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, MalPaso of Havana Cuba, and was the associate choreographer for the Tony Award winning production of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Broadway and National tour). Arcell joined EVIDENCE in 1997 and was appointed to be the Associate Artistic Director in 2004. Arcell is a proud recipient of the 2004 New York Dance and Performance “BESSIE” Dancer Award.