SummerScape Commission / World Premiere
Choreography by Ronald K. Brown
Original score for Mercy written and performed by Meshell Ndegeocello
Live music for Grace performed by Peven Everett and Gordon Chambers
“The dances… are pure Brown: otherworldly, charged, urgent in their undulating sweep and unaffectedly fervent. His blend of modern dance and movement from African traditions weaves a rich, poetic language that has the ability to lift the spirit — even if it’s just for a night.” —New York Times
This electrifying double bill, from choreographer Ronald K. Brown and a host of world-class musicians, includes the premiere of Mercy, with soul-and-rock legend Meshell Ndegeocello performing her specially commissioned score for the first time. The program also features a newly conceived, 20th-anniversary presentation of Brown’s soulful masterpiece Grace, originally created in 1999 for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Mixing modern and West African dance idioms to depict a spiritual journey to the promised land, Grace is presented for the first time with entirely live music, including performances by R&B virtuoso Peven Everett.