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Step Afrika!


May 07May 09

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