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 understnad 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.”
“The painted images seem to come to life — as if the dancers themselves were emerging directly from the panels that Jacob Lawrence painted for the his famed Migration Series.”
The Washington Post