from the Brooklyn Academy of Music's website :
Legacy: African Dance in Our World
Artistic director: Chuck Davis
For 29 years BAM’s DanceAfrica festival has been a Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Brooklyn. A lively and diverse blend of African and African-American dance, music, film, and art devoted to preserving traditions and educating new generations, DanceAfrica’s spirit is personified by Founding Elder and Artistic Director Baba Chuck Davis.
This year’s mainstage program offers several exceptional companies from across the African Diaspora. Song-and-dance ensemble Perú Negro combines sensual dancing with the music of black Peru, a soulful mixture of melodic guitar, passionate singing, and percussive instruments that evolved from wooden crates Peruvian slaves once used to preserve their outlawed rhythms. Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn infuses dance with theater, voice, poetry, film, and music, telling exhilarating stories of heritage and resilience. The New Jersey-based Universal African Dance & Drum Ensemble combines traditional songs with an electrifying acrobatic/martial arts show featuring stilt walking and ancestral dances. An annual favorite as well as a symbol of youth involvement in the preservation of African heritage, the BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble returns for its tenth year!
In addition, the DanceAfrica spirit flows throughout BAM with live music in BAMcafé, an African Diaspora film series at BAM Rose Cinemas, master classes for dancers of all ages, a sculpture garden, education programs with the Restoration Youth Arts Academy in Bed-Stuy, and the one-and-only DanceAfrica outdoor bazaar featuring African crafts, food, and fashion. Ago! Amée!!
See a Dance Africa video preview (click on the link in the right hand column)
May 26 & 27 at 7:30pm
May 27 at 2pm
May 28 at 3pm
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Tickets: $20, 30, 40, 45
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