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The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence

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.


Watch this video that was aired on WUSA9 about The Migration



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.


Read this review of The Migration by DC Metro Theater Arts!

Read this pre-production write up by the DCist!

Read the Washington Post Preview


The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence
National Tour 2017

February 16 – 18, 2017
Meany Center for the Performing Arts
Seattle, WA

April 20 – 21, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Krannert Center
Urbana, IL

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.


a-am9t6290Images 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.