Programs

DanceAfrica Festival 2018

 
 
May 19—May 28, 2018
 
 

Dance
Music
Film
Visual Art
Bazaar
Workshops

 
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The nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance and music returns for its 41st year, under the leadership of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam. This beloved annual tradition is a jubilant celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.

This year, DanceAfrica offers a taste of the rhythm, movement, and spirit of South Africa past and present. Join us for a full weekend of activities including an art exhibition, dance workshops, an array of community events, the annual FilmAfrica series, and the one-and-only DanceAfrica Bazaar.


leadership support for dance bam provided by: harkness foundation for dance
support for the signature artist series provided by: howard gilman foundation
 
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PAST EVENTS
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DanceAfrica 2018 Performances
 

This year’s performance offers a taste of the rhythm and spirit of South Africa.

May 26—May 28, 2018
 
 
Tribute to the Ancestors
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Tribute to the Ancestors
 

DanceAfrica’s tribute to those who have passed on featuring music, drumming, and dance.

Sat, May 19, 2018
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DanceAfrica Community Day
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DanceAfrica Community Day
 

This year’s festival kicks off with the annual community welcome for the visiting companies.

Sat, May 19, 2018
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Free
Chuck Davis Fellowship
Dance
Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship Showing
 

Tamara Thomas presents an evening of choreography that emanates from her study in Ghana.

Sun, May 20, 2018
 
 
Contemporary African Dance Workshop
Dance
Denkyem (Adaptability): Contemporary Pan-African Dance Workshop
 

A movement workshop with Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellow Tamara Thomas.

Sun, May 20, 2018
 
 
Free
Nandipha Mntambo
Visual Art
DanceAfrica Visual Art: Nandipha Mntambo
 

A survey of recent video work by South African artist Nandipha Mntambo.

May 24—Jun 24, 2018
 
 
Free
Talk: Nandipha Mntambo
Visual Art
Artist Talk: Nandipha Mntambo
 

The South African sculptor, painter, and video artist discusses her practice.

Sat, May 26, 2018
 
 
Free
Green White Green
Film Series
FilmAfrica 2018
 

The best new narrative, documentary, and short films from across Africa and the diaspora.

May 24—May 28, 2018
 
 
Danceafrica Dance Party
Music
Late Night Dance Party with DJ Greg Caz
 

DJ Greg Caz brings his legendary Brazilian beats to BAMcafé for DanceAfrica 2018.

Sat, May 26, 2018
 
 
Free
DanceAfrica bazaar
Community
DanceAfrica 2018 Bazaar
 

More than 150 vendors converge at BAM offering African and Caribbean food, crafts, and fashion.

May 26—May 28, 2018
RAIN OR SHINE!
 
 
Free
Dance Africa Family Workshop
Classes
DanceAfrica Family Workshop
 

Caregivers and children alike get immersed the movement and music of South Africa.

Mon, May 28, 2018
 
 
Dance Africa Master Class
Classes
DanceAfrica Master Class
 

Dancers learn the fundamentals of South African movement styles in this immersive workshop.

Mon, May 28, 2018
 
 
DanceAfrica Family Workshop
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DanceAfrica Inclusive Workshop
 

Adults learn the rhythmic beats of the South African gumboot dance in this inclusive class.

Mon, May 28, 2018