Programs

DanceAfrica Festival 2019

 
 
May 18—May 27, 2019
 
 

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 42nd year, now under the leadership of artistic director Abdel R. Salaam. In addition to the performances on the Opera House stage, join us for a full weekend of activities, including an art exhibition, dance workshops, an array of community events, the annual FilmAfrica series, a video portal that connects festival goers to residents in downtown Kigali, Rwanda, and the one-and-only DanceAfrica Bazaar.

This year we celebrate the rich movement and dance traditions of Rwanda, a country that has long been referred to as the “Land of a Thousand Hills” for the richness of its culture, land, and people. This spring marks the 25th anniversary of the government-sponsored Genocide against the Tutsi in which up to a million Rwandan people were killed. But the people of Rwanda have drawn upon their deep cultural traditions to restore all that came before this period of unspeakable tragedy—and this remarkable process of recovery, reconciliation, and renewal has become essential to their identity as Rwandans.


Leadership support for dance at BAM provided by Harkness Foundation for Dance

Support for the signature artist series provided by Howard Gilman Foundation

ConEdison

Leadership support for dance at BAM provided by The SHS Foundation

 
 
PAST EVENTS
Dance
DanceAfrica 2019 Performances
 

This year’s DanceAfrica performance offers a taste of the rich movement traditions of Rwanda.

May 24—May 27, 2019
 
 
Bazaar
Community
DanceAfrica 2019 Bazaar
 

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

May 25—May 27, 2019
RAIN OR SHINE!
 
 
Free
Innocent Nkurunziza
Visual Art
DanceAfrica Visual Art: Innocent Nkurunziza
 

BAM Visual Art presents the work of contemporary Rwandan artist Innocent Nkurunziza.

May 10—May 31, 2019
 
 
Free
Community Day
Community
Community Day
 

DanceAfrica 2019 kicks off with this annual community welcome for the artists.

Sat, May 18, 2019
RAIN OR SHINE!
 
 
Free
Tribute to the Ancestors
Community
Tribute to the Ancestors
 

A tribute to those who have passed on, with music, drumming, and a libation ceremony.

Sat, May 18, 2019
RAIN OR SHINE!
 
 
Free
Chuck Davis Workshop
Community
Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship Workshop
 

Jade Charon leads a workshop in the Kony and N’Dep dance styles of Senegal and Burkina Faso.

Sat, May 18, 2019
 
 
Free
Chuck Davis Showing
Community
Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship Showing
 

Choreographer Jade Charon presents a showcase of the fruits of her research in West Africa.

Sun, May 19, 2019
 
 
Free
Memorial
Community
Memorial Room
 

Preserving the tradition of paying homage to the ancestors of DanceAfricas past and present.

May 23—May 27, 2019
 
 
Free
Entitled
Film Series
FilmAfrica
 

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

May 23—May 27, 2019
FILM SERIES
 
 
DanceAfrica Portal
Community
DanceAfrica Portal
 

Connect with local residents and arts lovers in Rwanda at the DanceAfrica Portal!

May 25—May 27, 2019
RAIN OR SHINE!
 
 
Free
Late Night Dance Party
Music
Late Night Dance Party with DJ YB
 

Keep the DanceAfrica celebration going after hours with DJ YB.

Sat, May 25, 2019
 
 
Free
Radiobook
Literary
Connecting Generations and Continents: RadioBook Rwanda
 

BAM and the Center for Fiction celebrate the work of multimedia literary imprint RadioBook Rwanda.

Sun, May 26, 2019
 
 
Free
Danceafrica Family Class
Classes
DanceAfrica Family Workshop
 

Members of Inganzo Ngari lead a fun-filled workshop for all ages.

Mon, May 27, 2019
 
 
Master Class
Classes
DanceAfrica Master Class
 

A member of Inganzo Ngari leads this immersive workshop in traditional Rwandan movement.

Mon, May 27, 2019
 
 
Adult Adaptive Class
Classes
DanceAfrica Inclusive Workshop
 

Be part of the DanceAfrica community in this class, open to adults with and without disabilities.

Mon, May 27, 2019