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DanceAfrica 2016

 
 
May 27—May 30, 2016
 
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Senegal: Doors of Ancient Futures

Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and Artistic Director Emeritus Chuck Davis

The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance returns for its 39th year, featuring new artistic director Abdel R. Salaam. This beloved annual tradition brings together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.

This year, DanceAfrica offers a taste of the rhythm, movement, and spirit of Senegal past and present, welcoming two Dakar-based companies: Les Ballets de la Renaissance Africaine “WAATO SiiTA”, featuring the best percussionists and dancers from Senegal; Compagnie Tenane, a dynamic troupe that mixes contemporary styles and traditional Senegalese movement; BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble; Germaine Acogny; Reverend Nafisa Sharriff; and Dyane Harvey-Salaam.

 
 
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WAATO SiiTA
 

This Dakar-based company comprises the best percussionists and dancers from Senegal.

 
 
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Tenane
 

This dynamic troupe mixes contemporary styles and traditional Senegalese movement.

 
 
Artists
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble
 

BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.

 
 
Artists
Dyane Harvey
 

Dancer and choreographer Dyane Harvey is a founding member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

 
 
Artists
Germaine Acogny
 

Germaine Acogny is considered the mother of contemporary African dance.

 
 
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Reverend Nafisa Sharriff
 

Reverend Nafisa Sharriff is a master teacher and choreographer of traditional West African folklore.

 
 
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Neighborhood
DanceAfrica 2016 Bazaar
May 28—May 30, 2016
 
DanceAfrica 2016 Bazaar
May 28—May 30, 2016
Rain or Shine!
 

DanceAfrica's beloved bazaar returns, featuring more than 150 vendors from around the world, offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion.

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Music
Youssou NDOUR
May 20—May 21, 2016
 
Youssou NDOUR
May 20—May 21, 2016
 

The Dakar-born singer and composer returns to BAM for two evenings with his longtime band, Le Super Étoile de Dakar, and a tribute to Senegalese drummer Doudou N'Diaye Rose, who passed away last year.

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Film Series
FilmAfrica 2016
May 25—May 30, 2016
 
FilmAfrica 2016
May 25—May 30, 2016
 

This cinematic companion to the annual DanceAfrica celebration features the best fiction and documentary from Ghana, Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria, and beyond, including a special focus on Senegal.

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Visual Art
Omar Victor Diop: The Studio of Vanities
May 24—Jun 30, 2016
 
Omar Victor Diop: The Studio of Vanities
May 24—Jun 30, 2016
 

BAM Visual Art presents a series of portraits capturing the faces of contemporary Africa’s emerging creative class by Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop.

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