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DanceAfrica 2017

 
 
May 26—May 29, 2017
 
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The Healing Light of Rhythm: Tradition and Beyond

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

Forty years after its inauguration under the artistic direction of Chuck Davis, the nation’s largest festival of African dance returns for a special anniversary celebration. This year’s performance, under the leadership of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, is a special curated program that pays tribute to the past, present, and future of the landmark festival and the transformative power of movement.

Members of Philadelphia's hip-hop based Illstyle & Peace Productions join with members of New York City's Forces of Nature and the drummers and dancers of Asase Yaa, performing a joyful collision of traditional and contemporary styles. Then, Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble—a master group of US-based Guinean dancers and musicians—present a spirited showcase of West African culture. Both groups are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble.

Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
Asase Yaa
Forces of Nature
llstyle & Peace Productions
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)

Lighting design by Al Crawford
Sound design by David Margolin Lawson
Costume design by Hopi Lynn Burrows

 
 
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Abdel R. Salaam
 

Abdel R. Salaam is the Artistic Director for DanceAfrica.

 
 
Artists
Wula Drum and Dance Ensemble
 

This Guinea company is led by Artistic Director M’bemba Bangoura.

 
 
Artists
Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater
 

This company of musicians, dancers, and vocalists was founded by Artistic Director Yao Ababio.

 
 
Artists
Forces of Nature Dance Theatre
 

Forces of Nature performs a blend of contemporary dance and traditional African forms.

 
 
Artists
Illstyle & Peace Productions
 

This Philadelphia-based dance company was founded in 2000 by Brandon “Peace” Albright.

 
 
Artists
BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble (Brooklyn)
 

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

 
 
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