Sporting a fresh 2000 Guggenheim Fellowship Award, Brown is touring his 15-year-old dance company, Evidence, around the country. It makes a generous stop at Gammage Auditorium with a free noontime Brown Bag rehearsal Thursday and a performance that night at 8.
It's hard to believe that Brown, who only came to dance in his late teens and is still in his 30s, has achieved all he has in the intervening years. In addition to the Guggenheim, he's received numerous grants, a Bessie award, and choreographic commissions, most notably for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
Early on he recognized that the title of his first major dance, "Evidence," was the clue to his vision of how he wanted to shape his work. Making dances that witnessed the momentous historical events of black history or told stories of his family was glue that held that vision together.