A Ronald K. Brown program is the dance equivalent of comfort food, especially on such a frigid, blustery night as Friday, when you were all but blown from 21st Street NW through the doors of Lisner Auditorium. Once in your seat, any vestigial chill melted away as the dancers from Brown’s Brooklyn-based company, Evidence, padded onstage, rolling their hips and shoulders with oily ease. Contented cats couldn’t be more mellow. Watching them was like being rocked to a lullaby.
The evening’s sweet opener, “Gatekeeper,” had to do with passage into the afterlife. If that’s what it’s going to be like, I can hardly wait. Who wouldn’t want to be escorted into eternity by this gentle welcoming party? Their loose joints made a moral point: No awkward uncertainty here. No judging. Brown senses a pervasive, benevolent power behind the natural world, and that is what he brings to the fore in his work. This piece, and “On Earth Together,” which followed, accompanied by Stevie Wonder songs, glistened with bliss.