PROGRAMS

DanceAfrica 2020

 

May 17—Jun 14, 2020

 

“The spirit of DanceAfrica has no boundaries, and will always find its way to the people.”—Baba Abdel R. Salaam

This year, we celebrate DanceAfrica with a series of digital offerings, paying special tribute to the incredible people who have shaped this festival over its rich 42-year history. Join us for online dance classes, streams of past performances, interviews with members of the Council of Elders, a virtual bazaar, and other programs that bring the joy of DanceAfrica into your home.

 

ONGOING
DanceAfrica Bazaar
PROGRAMS
DanceAfrica Virtual Bazaar
 
PROGRAMS
 
DanceAfrica Virtual Bazaar

We spotlight some of the local small businesses that have been part of DanceAfrica through the years, with all sales providing critical support to these artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs.


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Filmafrica
FILM SERIES
FilmAfrica: co-presented by BAM & AFF, Inc.
 
FILM SERIES
 
FilmAfrica: co-presented by BAM & AFF, Inc.

This year’s edition of the annual cinematic companion to DanceAfrica goes online with a selection of modern African cinema classics presented by BAM and African Film Festival, Inc.


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Season Sponsor:

Bloomberg Philanthropies

 

Leadership support for off-site programs provided by:

Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation

 

Leadership support for BAM Access Programs provided by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Jerome L. Greene Foundation

Leadership support for dance at BAM provided by:

 

Major Sponsor:

ConEdison

 

Leadership support for the BAM Hamm Archives and BAM Film, Community, and Education programs provided by The Thompson Family Foundation

 

Visual Art
VISUAL ART
Omar Victor Diop
 
VISUAL ART
 
Omar Victor Diop
Revisit work by 2016 DanceAfrica visual artist Omar Victor Diop, a self-taught Sengalese photographer working within the rich tradition of the West African portrait studio, in a blog post featuring four of his photographs.

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Leadership support for dance at BAM provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

 

Leadership support for dance at BAM provided by The SHS Foundation.

 

Leadership support for BAM Hamm Archives provided by Charles J. & Irene F. Hamm

 

Leadership support for the Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive provided by the Leon Levy Foundation

Major support for BAM Film provided by the Ford Foundation

 

Major support for the DanceAfrica Education Program provided by the Charles Hayden Foundation

 

Major support for dance education programs at BAM provided by Jody & John Arnhold

 

PAST EVENTS
Sweet 16
TALKS
Music and DanceAfrica
Mon, May 18 at 6pm
 
Music and DanceAfrica
Mon, May 18 at 6pm
 
Former DanceAfrica Music Director Baba Bradley Simmons and drummer Foluso Alamide Mimy gather with BAM’s Charmaine Warren to reflect on DanceAfrica 1993: Sweet 16! and the always-integral role of music at DanceAfrica. The three view and discuss select video clips from that year’s festival featuring Baba Abu Shabazz and Nana Kimati Dinizulu, Women of the Calabash, and DanceAfrica Djembe Orchestra.
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Contemporary Dance
VIDEO
Contemporary Dance and DanceAfrica
Wed, May 20 at 6pm
 
Contemporary Dance and DanceAfrica
Wed, May 20 at 6pm
 
Contemporary dance has always had a home at DanceAfrica. Celebrated choreographers Rennie Harris of Rennie Harris PureMovement, Jamel Gaines of Creative Outlet, and Ronald K. Brown of Evidence Dance Company join BAM’s Charmaine Warren for a live discussion, reflecting on and sharing their work at DanceAfrica over the years, complemented by video clips from past performances.
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James Cricket
CLASSES
Bantaba Hip-Hop
Fri, May 22 at 2pm
 
Bantaba Hip-Hop
Fri, May 22 at 2pm
 
James “Cricket” Colter leads a bantaba hip-hop class online, inviting the community to come together through dance. A founding company member of Rennie Harris PureMovement, Colter is an internationally renowned professional street dancer creating work rooted in hip-hop and contemporary dance.
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Mikki Shephard
TALKS
The Early Years
Mon, May 25 at 11:15am
 
The Early Years
Mon, May 25 at 11:15am
 
Mikki Shepard, the original producer of DanceAfrica, discusses the inaugural festival in 1977 and its growth over the years. She is joined by BAM’s Charmaine Warren for an insightful conversation about how a powerful idea evolved into a beloved Brooklyn tradition.
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DanceAfrica Dance Party
Music
DanceAfrica Dance Party
Mon, May 25, 2020
 
DanceAfrica Dance Party
Mon, May 25, 2020
 

Keep the DanceAfrica celebration going with a live virtual dance party, featuring a mix of Afrobeat, funk, soul, rock, jazz, and hip-hop stylings courtesy of DanceAfrica veteran DJ YB.

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Mamma Normadien Baba Ngoma
TALKS
Behind the Scenes
Tue, May 26 at 6pm
 
Behind the Scenes
Tue, May 26 at 6pm
 
Mamma Normadien and Baba N’goma Woolbright—who were married on the DanceAfrica stage in 1983—join DanceAfrica Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and BAM’s Charmaine Warren to reflect on the festival over the years, complemented by video clips of renewing their vows in 1993 and a performance featuring the Chuck Davis Dance Company.
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Council Of Elders
TALKS
Council of Elders
Wed, May 27 at 6pm
 
Council of Elders
Wed, May 27 at 6pm
 
DanceAfrica Council of Elders leaders and longtime members Mamma Lynette White-Mathews, Baba Bill (William) Mathews and Hanan Hameen Artistic Director of the Candle Bearers join arts consultant Stephanie Hughley for a discussion of DanceAfrica over the years, complemented by video clips from DanceAfrica performances in 2011 and 2019.
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DanceAfrica and Education
TALKS
Education and DanceAfrica
Thu, May 28 at 6pm
 
Education and DanceAfrica
Thu, May 28 at 6pm
 
Karen Thornton Daniels, former artistic director of BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble, and Sabine LaFortune, RestorationART Senior Director of Operations and Production, join DanceAfrica Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and BAM’s Coco Killingsworth to shine a light on the essential and evolving role of education at DanceAfrica over the years.
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Bantaba
CLASSES
Bantaba West African Dance
Fri, May 29 at 2pm
 
Bantaba West African Dance
Fri, May 29 at 2pm
 
Former Artistic Director of BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble Karen Thornton Daniels and BAM Teaching Artist Farai Malianga lead a class focusing on a variety of West African dances and traditions.
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TALKS
DanceAfrica Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Fri, May 29 at 6pm
 
DanceAfrica Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Fri, May 29 at 6pm
 
The late Baba Chuck Davis was DanceAfrica’s founder and artistic director for almost 40 years, until passing the torch to Abdel R. Salaam in 2016. Salaam gathers with BAM Vice President of Community and Education Coco Killingsworth and DanceAfrica Associate Producer Charmaine Warren to discuss that landmark transition and celebrate DanceAfrica’s vibrant programming over the last five years. Their conversation is complemented by video clips from DanceAfrica 2019, Rwanda Reborn: The Remix.
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