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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.
This Dakar-based company comprises the best percussionists and dancers from Senegal.
This dynamic troupe mixes contemporary styles and traditional Senegalese movement.
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble celebrates ancestral roots and the modern-day community.
Dancer and choreographer Dyane Harvey is a founding member of Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.
Germaine Acogny is considered the mother of contemporary African dance.
Reverend Nafisa Sharriff is a master teacher and choreographer of traditional West African folklore.