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Step Afrika!

Thu, February 16, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Fri, February 17, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Sat, February 18, 2017 | 8:00 pm
Step Afrika
Production Details

The first professional company dedicated to stepping—a dance form that originated with African American sororities and fraternities—Step Afrika! makes its Seattle debut with The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence. This evening-length work integrates projections of the painter’s 60-panel masterpiece, The Migration Series, with rhythmic footsteps, body percussion and spoken word to create a multi-media performance chronicling the early 20th century exodus of African Americans from the rural south. Meany Center co-commissioned the remounting and expansion of this important work to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lawrence’s birth.

Arrive at 6:45 p.m. for a pre-show conversation in Meany Hall's West Lobby.

Emily Zimmerman, Director of the UW Jacob Lawrence Gallery, will moderate a conversation with C. Brian Williams, Founder and Executive Director of Step Afrika!; Patricia Junker, Curator of the Jacob Lawrence Exhibition at Seattle Art Museum; and Tim Bond, UW Professor of Drama and August Wilson scholar.


Step Afrika!
Step Afrika!