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CANCELED: Step Afrika!

Community Sponsor

Banner Bank
US Bank
Peg and Rick Young Foundation
New England Foundation for the Arts

Performance Dates

  • Thu May 07 2020 8:00 PM
  • Fri May 08 2020 8:00 PM
  • Sat May 09 2020 8:00 PM


Meany Hall – Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater


Step Afrika! is the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping — a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form that uses the body as an instrument. The company presents its latest work, Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739. In this newly commissioned piece, Step Afrika! blends songs, storytelling and dance to explore a little-known event in American history that led to the development of some of our country’s most distinct performance traditions. New percussive forms like ring shout, tap and stepping took root when the beats found their way into the body of the people, the Drumfolk, in a way that would forever transform African American life and culture. 

The presentation of Drumfolk by Step Afrika! was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-commissioned by Meany Center.

World Dance Series generously underwritten by the families of Delaney and Justin Dechant and Ira and Courtney Gerlich in honor of their Mom, Katharyn Alvord Gerlich



Ross Boozikee


Linda & Thomas Allen
Katharyn Alvord Gerlich
Nancy D. Alvord
Randy Apsel
Ariel Fund
Cristi Benefield
Sharon Gantz Bloome
Sylvia & Stephen Burges
Ana Mari Cauce and Susan Joslyn
Lili Cheng & Yarom Boss
Helen Curtis
Delaney and Justin Dechant
Britt East & Scott VanGerpen
Lynn & Brian Grant Family
Ira & Courtney Gerlich
Richard & Nora Hinton
Hugues Hoppe & Sashi Raghupathy
Catherine & David Hughes
Yumi Iwasaki & Anoop Gupta
Karen Koon
Matthew & Christina Krashan
Jeffrey Lehman & Katrina Russell
Hans and Kristin Mandt
Marcella D. McCaffray
Craig Miller & Rebecca Norton
Chelsey Owen & Robert Harris
Seema Pareek and Gurdeep Pall
Cecilia Paul and Harry Reinert
John C. Robinson & Maya Sonenberg
Eric and Margaret Rothchild
Richard Szeliski & Lyn McCoy
Maryanne Tagney and David Jones
Donna & Joshua Taylor
George Wilson & Claire McClenny
Ellen Wallach & Thomas Darden




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