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DanceAfrica 2014

 
 
May 18—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


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

 
 
Dance
DanceAfrica 2014 Opening Celebration
Sun, May 18, 2014
 
DanceAfrica 2014 Opening Celebration
Sun, May 18, 2014
 

Artistic director Chuck Davis hosts this showcase of dance and music to kick off the festival, featuring Madagascar-based Groupe Bakomanga, Malagasy guitarist Madagascar Slim, New York State artists, and more.

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Dance
DanceAfrica 2014
May 23—May 26, 2014
 
DanceAfrica 2014
May 23—May 26, 2014
 

DanceAfrica—the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance—returns for its 37th year, welcoming Madagascar-based music and dance troupe Bakomanga.

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Neighborhood
Neighborhood
DanceAfrica Pre-Opening Celebration
Sat, May 17, 2014
 
DanceAfrica Pre-Opening Celebration
Sat, May 17, 2014
 

The annual community welcome for the visiting company, Groupe Bakomanaga, features free performances by students from Restoration who have participated in the DanceAfrica education program.

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

The festival kicks off with an offering to the ancestors. This annual commemoration includes a libation ceremony, music, dance, and drumming. Open to the community.

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Neighborhood
BAM Scripps Scholarship Award Ceremony
Sun, May 18, 2014
 
BAM Scripps Scholarship Award Ceremony
Sun, May 18, 2014
 

This annual ceremony awards two- and four-year scholarships to BAM Education students who plan to pursue degrees in the arts.

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Neighborhood
DanceAfrica 2014 Bazaar
May 24—May 26, 2014
 
DanceAfrica 2014 Bazaar
May 24—May 26, 2014
RAIN OR SHINE!
 

More than 300 vendors from around the world transform BAM’s surrounding streets into a global marketplace offering African, Caribbean, and African-American food, crafts, and fashion. 

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FILM
Film Series
FilmAfrica
May 23—May 26, 2014
 
FilmAfrica
May 23—May 26, 2014
 

This cinematic companion to BAM’s DanceAfrica celebration features the best fiction and documentary from South Africa, Tunisia, Sudan, and beyond, including a special focus on films from Madagascar.

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Classes
Classes
African Dance Workshops
Mon, May 26, 2014
 
African Dance Workshops
Mon, May 26, 2014
 

Members of the DanceAfrica 2014 visiting company Groupe Bakomanga (Madagascar) lead workshops in dance and music—one for families and one for advanced dancers.

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Talks
Talks
Artist Talk: Nnenna Okore
Sun, May 25, 2014
 
Artist Talk: Nnenna Okore
Sun, May 25, 2014
 

Acclaimed visual artist Nnenna Okore—commissioned as part of the 2014 DanceAfrica Festival—discusses and demonstrates her sculptural process in this unique talk, followed by a rooftop reception.

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Music
Music
A Brooklyn Tribute to Amiri Baraka
Sat, May 17, 2014
 
A Brooklyn Tribute to Amiri Baraka
Sat, May 17, 2014
 

A panoply of Brooklyn poets, writers, musicians, and thinkers pay homage to the pioneering African-American writer and activist, with readings and performances celebrating his life.

+ Happy Hour 6—8pm
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Music
THE EARTHMAN EXPERIENCE feat. DJ HARD HITTIN HARRY
Fri, May 23, 2014
 
THE EARTHMAN EXPERIENCE feat. DJ HARD HITTIN HARRY
Fri, May 23, 2014
 

Haitian-born vocalist Richard “Earthman” Laurent presides over this nine-piece funk ensemble that makes Fela Kuti-inspired, Afrobeat-meets-tribal-house jams.

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Music
Late Night Dance Party with DJ Ian Friday
Sat, May 24, 2014
 
Late Night Dance Party with DJ Ian Friday
Sat, May 24, 2014
 

DJ Ian Friday has been at the heart of the global soul scene since the early 90s with his groove-heavy sets—a patented blend of house, soul, Afrobeat, jazz, and world music guaranteed to get audiences moving.

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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. 

 
 
Asase Yaa
 

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