Production

DanceAfrica 2008: Bridge to Cultural Rejuvenation & Enlightenment

May 23 – 26, 2008


Alternate Title Bridge to Cultural Rejuvenation and Enlightenment, Dance Africa 2008
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States, Gambia
Description The 31st annual DanceAfrica festival, subtitled “Bridge to Cultural Rejuvenation & Enlightenment,” featured the Gambian ensemble Ceesay Kujabi and the Bachinab; as well as Giwayen Mata, the Atlanta-based women’s dance, percussion and vocal troupe. In addition to the master classes, music, art, and bazaar offerings, 2008 marked the distribution of the first Samuel H. Scripps BAM Scholarship Fund, which was awarded to several young performing artists who had participated in BAM’s arts education programs.  
 
Identifier 2008s.00888
VenueOpera House
artistic directorChuck Davis, Karen Thornton
choreographerChuck Davis
dancerEilish Gooney, Mecca Harris, Ameenah Hunter, Atia Willouby, Theresa Capers, Aimee Graham, Aisha Hawkins, Amanda Jackson, MeMe Mickens, LaNiece Mobley, Daaimah Taalib-Din, Tamika Vashard, Shauna Gadsen, Sherelle Gadsen, Jasmine McFarlene, Artrese Reid, Starrene Rhette, Khadeejah Smith, Khadeerah Smith, Brianna Sultan, Jasmine Swain, Gerry Chisolm, Ericka Clark, LaSharn Cooper, Jenelle Garraway, Kendra Harris, Shirley Lewis, Maria Manderson, Chiniqua Reinaldo, Maisha Thompson, Heleina Williams, Brother Jerome, Anthony Bledso, Eddie Harris, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Nixon (Harambee/LaRocque Bey School/Bambara), Woza, Fatou Badjie, Mam Jarrah Colley, Teeda Colley, Amie Jarju, Gibril Jarju, Omar Jarju, Pa Modou Joof, Safiatou Kolley, Ceesay Kujabi, Malang Kujabi, Mariama Senneh, Luntanding Sanyang, Markita Agard, Mohammed Ali (BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble), Nayilah Antoine, Camille Bailey, Kourtney Charles, Alyssa Cloud, Danielle D'Avilar, Sara DeBerry, Kishana Flenory, Brittany Grier, Thea Grier, Shaniya Hyndman, Qahirah Kibler, Elexus Knox, Monique Lalanne, Lavasia Lawton, Ashley London, Lauren Miller, Melissa Moore, Adrian Nelson, Jadeah Norris, Jasmine Poole, Diamond Roach, Valencia Springer, Nailah Walthour, Isoken Agho, Shanaes Akhtar, Asiyah Ali, Na'imah Ali, Johana Bastien, Johann Bastien, Daniel Beckford, Jadah Best, Ashley Black, Tiani Bonadie, Beverly Boney, Devante Bonham, Nathan Braithwaite, Dierdre Brock, Antasia Brown, Kaisa Brown, Britney Bryan, Alexus Byfield, Shanice Byfield, Hadiyah Cameron, Megan Campbell, Shante Carrington, Samanta Cave, Ashley Charles, Cashmere Clark, Adia Clarke, Atiya Clarke, Raean Clarke, Lloyd Coward, Jr., Niamke D'Avilar, Yamika Davis, Danielle Dayes, Daberline Denis, Breeyah Dozier, Kiah Dozier, Myiesha Drobkin, Lakisha Eliacin, Radcheida Ewing, Syandene Feliciano, Diamond Forbes, Juanika Fordyce, Zipporah Fraser, Ikira Gadsden, David Garcia, Mikayla Gayle, Saliyah George, Renard Harris, Sequoia Harris, Romana Hasim, Kaia Hawkins, Keyanna Haynes, Zion Henderson, Neshaun Henry, Yulan Hibbert, Alexus Holton, Dylan Hurley, Maranda Hutley, Hadiya Hyppolite, Joseph Jahrodd, David James (BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble), Amber John, Deandra Johns, Kaitlin Jones, Jahrell Joseph, Toshanna Kendall, Shannys King, Bria Knox, Madupe Kuti, Kentaysha Lane, Ameer Lausell, Jahson Lausell, Telija Lezama, Amir Loftis, Chatherine Lorisme, Cassidy Lous, Khalid Martin, Kianna McKoy, Jamila McDonald, Khalil Morain, Camille Moore, Tamara Mouzon, Colby Myers, Shadae Nisbett, Ajanece O'Neil, Jermain Ofori, Camille Petinaud, Wynell Pompey, Aziza Pope, Shaquille Ramsay, Reicland Rayson, Jayla Reid, Joseph Riddick, Tremayne Rollins, Rhoda-Mae Rougier, Jason St. Fort, Laini Sayles, Jahnee Singletary, Catherine Smalling, Bria Smith, Gina Smith, Tianna Smith, Ashley Spalding, Mylynn Spears, Danielle Steele (BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble), Meek Thomas, Tianna Thomas, Jorven Thoope, Shareece Thorne, Ymani Thorne, Devin Thorpe, Amika Tobin, Nyomie Torres, Shoniah Torres, Jataye Turner, Jiya Turner, Ya-Asanti Velez, Aleah Waksor, Shane Washington, Emani White, Chantey Williams, David Williams, Jaquannah Wiliiams, Jamila Wright, Naja Brathwaite, Malik Camara, Mama DeBorah Davis-Gray, Enyasha Daniel, Lindia Dugue, Patricia Dye-Asante, Desteni Edwards, Zoie Forster, Khadija George, Avril Gause, Cimone Graves, Leslie Gray, Hanan Hameen, Arisa Ingram, Francie Johnson, Tamara Jolly, Joy Kamamu, Daryl Lobban, Kamu Mimy, Subuna Mimy, Amber Payne, Nia Pittman, Nia Stephens, Nakia D. Vieira, James Yarborough
lighting designerWilliam H. Grant III
stage manager assistantNormadien Woolbright
top billingChuck Davis

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