Step Afrika

William Perrigen


Past Event
In 60 colorful canvases, Harlem painter Jacob Lawrence audaciously tackled the original involuntary migration from Africa as well as the more voluntary African-American migration from the rural South to the industrializing North starting with World War I. Drawing on African percussive traditions and incorporating the percussive African-American dance style known as stepping, Step Afrika draws inspiration from Lawrence's paintings in The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence. Replicas of some of Lawrence's paintings join the dancers onstage as part of this dance performance.


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