Artist Projects

Walking Out the Dark


Ronald Brown

Walking Out the Dark‘s central metaphor is a spiritual awakening that occurs after a period of contemplative isolation. Created for Ronald Brown’s Evidence Dance Company, the piece is performed in three sections: the first culminates with a shower of soil from above, symbolizing burial; the second and third sections are danced on the earth that remains onstage. The movement vocabulary is drawn largely from the dance and music of the Gullah culture of the United States, Cuba, and Guinea, West Africa. Walking Out the Dark features an original vocal score by Philip Hamilton, and additional music by Sweet Honey in the Rock, M’Bemb Bagoura, and Ensemble Cutumba Ballet Folklorico de Santiago (Cuba).

Project Updates

  • 2002: Walking Out the Dark is performed at Dance Theater Workshop in New York

  • 2003: Walking Out the Dark is performed at Arizona State University

  • 2003: Brown’s dance company Evidence begins fall tour for Walking Out the Dark