New York City
- Evidence, A Dance Company will host its Eighth Annual Gala on Monday, February 13, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at New York's Manhattan Center to support the dance company's mission to promote understanding of the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement and spoken word.
The Verizon Foundation will receive the 2012 Corporate Award for their long standing support of the arts and Evidence, A Dance Company. Distinguished guests from the arts and entertainment industry and business community will attend the star-studded benefit gala. The black-tie affair will begin with an elegant cocktail reception, followed by dinner, a special performance by Evidence, dessert and Evidence's signature "Dancing with the Dancers."
The Gala will present Evidence's first ever performance of "Gatekeepers," a powerful modern dance work that blends Native American myth and African traditions to explore the theme of service and intergenerational care giving. Gatekeepers was choreographed by Evidence's Founder and Artistic Director Ronald K. Brown
, an internationally-acclaimed choreographer known for his inspirational works for Alvin Ailey
, and who recently choreographed Gershwin
's masterpiece "Porgy and Bess," which opens on Broadway in January 2012.
All proceeds will benefit Evidence's outreach programs, including the Gatekeeper Project, which through unique performances and outreach activities in communities across the U.S., aims to teach young people responsibility and respect for their elders, and help them better understand the meaning of community service.
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Honorary Committee: Lynn Whitfield
, actress, Susan L. Taylor
, former editor of ESSENCE
and Khephra Burns
, writer, Tamara Tunie
, actress and Gregory Generet
, jazz vocalist, Reginald Van Lee
, Executive Vice President with Booz Allen Hamilton, Pamela J. Joyner
, Partner and Founder with Avid Partners, Andrea
and Maurice DuBois
, WCBS-TV news anchor.
Honoary Chair: Phylicia Rashad
, actress. Dinner Chair: Monica F. Azare
, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications with Verizon Communications Inc., and Larry Satterfield
, Vice President Collaboration Sales at Cisco.
About Evidence, A Dance Company
Founded in 1985 by internationally-acclaimed choreographer Ronald K. Brown, Evidence, A Dance Company's mission is to promote understanding of the human experience in the African Diaspora through dance and storytelling and to provide sensory connections to history and tradition through music, movement and spoken word leading deeper into issues of spirituality, community responsibility and liberation.
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