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Reggae Block Dance

Friday, September 29 from 6:00pm-11:00pm
Venue: Brittlebank Park, corner of Lockwood & Fishburne Streets
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: The Boeing Company
Coordinator: Osei Chandler

Join your friends and neighbors for one of the MOJA Festival’s favorite traditions, an entertaining and energetic evening on the Ashley River, filled with music, food and fun. Dance the night away to music from local and regional Reggae artists including Emekris and True Concept Reggae Band and Mighty Joshua. Bring your folding chairs and blankets and set up a picnic or enjoy fare from a delicious variety of ethnic and international food vendors. Coolers are not permitted.

Heritage Day at Marion Square

Saturday, September 30 from 10:00am-3:00pm
Venue: Marion Square
Address: Corner of Meeting & Calhoun Streets
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: BlueChoice HealthPlan Medicaid, Roper St. Francis

Head to Marion Square for a full day of activities celebrating African-American and Caribbean culture and heritage in the Lowcountry. Community cultural ambassadors will be on hand with information and programs and the mainstage will feature a talented lineup of local performers, culminating in a musical performance from the X-Treme Level Band. Activities for children, poetry readings, youth performances, and workshops are all on offer alongside a health fair with free screenings and information at what promises to be a delightful day in the park.

Mainstage performances include:

The Edisto District Mass Choir led by Reverend Miller

Storyteller J’miah Nabawi, in addition J’miah will lead an interactive workshop- Storybooks Alive!

Deninufay Dance Company

Meeting Street Academy‘s Watoto Charleston

In addition, enjoy performances from local praise dancing groups and X-treme Level Band, covering all of your favorite tunes.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company Charleston Residency

Tuesday, October 3 at 5:00pm
Venue: Gadsden Wharf, future site of International African American Museum
Address: 10 Wharfside Street
Admission: Free

Founded by Ronald K. Brown in 1985 and based in Brooklyn, New York,Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through work, Evidence provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies, and triumphs. Brown uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. He is an advocate for the growth of the African American dance community and is instrumental in encouraging young dancers to choreograph and to develop careers in dance.

5:00 PM: Free, participatory movement workshop with EVIDENCE
6:00 PM: Free, public performance of excerpts from EVIDENCE repertory

The group will be in Charleston for a three day residency during the MOJA Arts Festival working with local schools and the College of Charleston Theatre and Dance program. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in the residency at this free event on Tuesday, October 3.

Brown founded Evidence, A Dance Company in1985.  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.

This presentation of EVIDENCE, A Dance Company is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.