Featuring Special Guest
The presentation of Step Afrika! was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
If you liked STOMP, then you’ll love the astounding energy of Step Afrika!. An American treasure from Washington, D.C., this African- American dance company blends their percussive dance with story-telling and music. The company has toured the world and sold out Off-Broadway. Their new show, Drumfolk, is a celebration of human will and perseverance.
Following a revolt of African slaves in the American South, The Negro Act of 1740 denied African people the right to read, assemble, and use drums. But the beat could not be stopped. These people, the Drumfolk, transformed their own bodies into musical instruments to preserve the rhythms and culture of their ancestors and to inspire their survival in a new world. Drumfolk gave rise to other percussive art forms — tap, hambone, stepping, and present day beatboxing. This is a resounding exploration of nearly three centuries of a cultural phenomenon.