Step Afrika!’s signature work, The Migration is based on Jacob Lawrence’s iconic painting series that chart the story of African-American migrants moving from the south to the north in the early 1900s. Each piece uses the images, color palette and motifs of one or more of the paintings to tell the migration story through body percussion and dance.
“The Migration not only deepens our understanding of artistic innovation but also connects with varied audiences. It’s for people who enjoy athletic and virtuosic dancing, those who understand the history of stepping and its codes, those who are curious about American history, and it’s for anyone who’s seeking a life-affirming evening of theater.” – DC Theatre Scene
Following an incredibly successful 2016/2017 US Tour in honor of the centennial of Lawrence’s birth, The Migration will continue to captivate and inspire audiences across the country during Step Afrika!’s 2017/2018 season.
Step Afrika! pays homage to the African American step show, introduces audiences to Zulu and South African Gumboot Dance, shares the step tradition of audience participation and closes with a complex, polyrhythmic percussive symphony that brings audiences to their feet. Step Afrika! truly breaks down the fourth wall between audience and artist, the audience is invited to clap, stomp, cheer and participate in call and response with the artists.
“the performance that this phenomenally accomplished Washington–based company gave Thursday evening at the Cutler Majestic Theatre turned body language into body music. The kind that makes you want to get up and dance.” – The Boston Globe
Step Afrika!’s 23rd annual Black History Month Tour will bring the American folkloric tradition of stepping and associated African and African-American percussive dance at its highest level to students and arts patrons across the United States. The Tour performs at Performing Arts Centers in major cities and small towns, large universities and smaller rural colleges. It engages students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and at colleges and universities where the tradition of stepping is largely unknown.
“This show is more than a dance performance. It it’s an interactive history and music and dance lesson. We laughed, we participated, we clapped, we stomped, we were a part of the show. It’s fun, funny, amazing, wonderful, and inspiring.” – Tristen
Check our calendar for Black History Month Tour locations, dates and tickets. Please note not all Tour performances may be open to the public.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment from the Arts