Programs

DanceAfrica 2014

 
 
May 17—May 26, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
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DanceAfrica—the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance—returns for its 37th year, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.

This year, the spotlight shines on Madagascar-based music and dance troupe Bakomanga, making its US debut. Led by Malagasy music star Mariette Rasoarinala, Bakomanga embraces a rich variety of indigenous cultural forms, using jubilant drum- and accordion-driven music and movement to honor its ancestors, usher in the harvest, and preserve tradition. Catch them and select New York State artists in the annual Memorial Day weekend performances, hosted by Baba Chuck Davis. And don’t miss the DanceAfrica Opening Celebration, the one-and-only outdoor bazaar, and many other events. Ago! Amee!


DanceAfrica is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

 
 
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Iconic BAM Artists
Chuck Davis
 

Chuck Davis is one of the foremost teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance in America.

 
 
Artists
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble
 

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

 
 
Artists
Nnenna Okore
 

An internationally awarded artist, Okore was recently featured in Sculpture magazine.

 
 
Artists
Madagascar Slim
 

The Malagasy-Canadian guitarist combines folk and blues in his own award-winning style.

 
 
Artists
Groupe Bakomanga
 

Bakomanga has performed in Japan, France, La Reunion, and Gabon. 

 
 
Artists
Asase Yaa
 

Artistic Director Yao Ababio founded Asase Yaa African American Dance Theater in 2001.

 
 
AACC Dance and Drum Performance Company
 

This Buffalo-based organization draws on Senegalese dance and drum traditions.

 
 
Artists
Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo
 

Hanitrarivo Rasoanaivo is a star in the Malagasy music scene.

 
 
PAST EVENTS
Dance
DanceAfrica 2014 Opening Celebration
 

The festival kicks off with Madagascar’s Groupe Bakomanga and guitarist Madagascar Slim.

Sun, May 18, 2014
 
 
Dance
DanceAfrica 2014
 

BAM’s annual festival of African dance welcomes Madagascar-based troupe Bakomanga.

May 23—May 26, 2014
 
 
Neighborhood
DanceAfrica 2014 Bazaar
 

Vendors from around the world transform Fort Greene into a global marketplace. 

May 24—May 26, 2014
RAIN OR SHINE!
 
 
Free
Neighborhood
DanceAfrica Pre-Opening Celebration
 

Free performances by students to welcome this year’s visiting company, Groupe Bakomanaga.

Sat, May 17, 2014
 
 
Free
Neighborhood
Tribute to the Ancestors
 

The festival kicks off with a libation ceremony, music, and dance to honor the ancestors.

Sat, May 17, 2014
 
 
Free
Film Series
FilmAfrica
 

This cinematic companion to BAM’s DanceAfrica celebrates the best in African film.

May 23—May 26, 2014
 
 
Music
A Brooklyn Tribute to Amiri Baraka
 

A panoply of artists pay homage to the pioneering African-American writer and activist.

Sat, May 17, 2014
 
 
Free
Music
THE EARTHMAN EXPERIENCE
 

This funk ensemble makes Fela Kuti-style, Afrobeat-meets-tribal-house jams.

Fri, May 23, 2014
 
 
Free
Music
Late Night Dance Party with DJ Ian Friday
 

DJ Ian Friday delivers a groove-heavy set of house, soul, Afrobeat, jazz, and world music.

Sat, May 24, 2014
 
 
Free
Neighborhood
BAM Scripps Scholarship Award Ceremony
 

College scholarships are awarded to select BAM Education students in this celebratory event.

Sun, May 18, 2014
 
 
Free
Classes
Family African Dance Workshop
 

Members of the visiting company Groupe Bakomanga lead a workshop in dance and music.

Mon, May 26, 2014
 
 
Classes
African Dance Workshop
 

Members of the visiting company Groupe Bakomanga lead a workshop in dance and music.

Mon, May 26, 2014
 
 
Talks
Artist Talk: Nnenna Okore
 

DanceAfrica visual artist Nnenna Okore discusses and demonstrates her sculptural process.

Sun, May 25, 2014
 
 
Free
Classes
Dance & Music Workshops with Chartwell Dutiro
 

Learn African music and dance from mbira master Chartwell Dutiro.

May 24—May 26, 2014