Washington DC

The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence

UDC Theater of the Arts
4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008


Order your tickets through the Washington Performing Arts Box Office – (202) 785-9727
More than 10 people? Call this number for group sales – (202) 533-1879

Step Afrika!’s signature work, The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence is based on 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 the paintings to tell the migration story through body percussion and dance.


Article about The Great Migration by Smithsonian Magazine

A great article that talks about some of the lives that were touched by The Great Migration, as well as the historic backdrop that set the stage for America’s biggest exodus from South to North.

Electronic Resource for Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

Check out this amazing resource provided by The Phillips Collection, featuring information about Jacob Lawrence and his Migration Series.

Introducing the UDC Theater of the Arts

Jenny Bilfield of Washington Performing Arts hosts a video tour of UDC’s Theater of the Arts!

Read the Washington Post Preview

Read a preview by The Washington Post.


Thank you to the Phillips Collection and Washington Performing Arts for helping us stage this ground-breaking production in our hometown of Washington, DC!


The Migration is made possible through commissioning support from Washington Performing Arts; Hancher Auditorium at University of Iowa; the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at Illinois; Ordway Center for the Performing Arts; and Meany Hall for Performing Arts at University of Washington.

Images from Jacob Lawrence’s “The Migration Series” generously provided by The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC and the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.