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Step Afrika: Migration Reflections of Jacob Lawrence


  • University of DC 4200 Connecticut Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Step Afrika!, the D.C.-based, global ambassador for the tradition of step dance, debuts a new and expanded production of its signature work, The Migration, based on American painter Jacob Lawrence’s iconic series (displayed at the Phillips Collection and at MoMA in New York). The acclaimed company viscerally blends body percussion, dance, spoken word, projected images of Lawrence’s paintings, and live and recorded music to chart the story of African-American migrants moving from the South to the North in the early 1900s. The use of step dance is a perfect pairing, as the U.S. tradition originated in the same time period captured in Lawrence’s paintings. The program, which launches Washington Performing Arts’ 50th anniversary season, features members of the Men and Women of the Gospel Choir. Co-presented with Step Afrika!

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