Production

DanceAfrica 1981: The First National Festival of African American Dance Companies

April 24 – 26, 1981


Alternate Title Dance Africa 1981
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description The 1981 DanceAfrica festival began with the “villagers”—the established companies of DanceAfrica—greeting the “new arrivals,” several ensembles who would come to play enduring roles in successive DanceAfrica festivals, including: the Muntu Dance Theatre, the Art of Black Dance and Music, and the Ko-Thi Dance Company. Following the ritual blessing of the ancestors, DanceAfrica ’81 proceeded to celebrate African dance with dances inspired by traditional practices from Nigeria, Mali, and Senegal.    
 
Identifier 1981s.00319
VenueOpera House
dancerAnkobeahene Ajaibo, Ewje Nkosi, Joe Deas, Esi-Ayisi Dinizulu, Adzua D. Opare, Baakan Dente, Serwa Nsia, Akua Kyerewaa, Bonsu Nkromah, Onyamekye Badu Panyin, Roslyn Davis, Lisa Dockery, Anita Lamberty, Chigui Santiago, Abdel R. Salaam, Tony Williams, James Short, Kevin Rainey, Ben Jones, Balogun Love, Jewel Love, Jalal Sheriff, Khalid Saleem, Ureal Charles, N'Goma Woolbright, Warren Smith, Phillip Williamson, Stanley Robinson, Jennifer Jones, Reggie Stone, Alman Jason, Chuck Davis, Charles Moore, Ella Thompson Moore, Ramona Candy, Janice Hart, Audrey Hubbard, Tracy Logan, Karla McFarlane, David Pace, Jasper Prince, Eric Vives, Terrence Wyatt, Carl Riley, Denton Melville, Monica Johnson, Amaniyé Payne, John Blandford, Ozzie Simmons, Jr., Clyde Wilder, Sulé Greg Wilson, LaVerne Anduze, Rhonda C Morman, Amma Wiles, Nya Patricia Gittens, Stephanie Gittens, Carol Henriques, Jane Mayers, Marcia King, Roni Monro, Nancy Wright, Deborah Nance, Ruth Butler, Angelina Spurgeon, Ifetayo Kaphiri, Audrey Greene, Zainab Abdul Zahir, Lloyd Woodard, John Crow, Jamal Gadsden, Gregg Jackson, Frank Durham, Saute Willis, Zucan Bandele, Karimi Mackey, Dorothy Murphy, Raymond Sylla, Darryl Barbee, Eno Washington, Marie Guiner, Michael Battle, Igena Mobley, Marianne Harkless, Anika Kafi Tene, Chaveevah Rael, Joan Gray, Kimosha Murphy, Linda McLaughlin, Menjiwei Latham, Nahgeree Sutton, Veronica Simmons, Rakel Whitney, Afua Yanice Teague, Akono Larry Henderson, Manu El Washington, Naji Alem, Nunulu Latham, Oliver Gordon, Ramu Lunda, Sholomo Rael, Tau Diallo Bey, Twa Khu Ra Aton, Uche Ichi, Ferne Caulker-Bronson, Linda Lacy-Jones, Valeria Safford, Maureen Simpson, Karyn Gilbert, Kris World
comedianBotwe Dapaa
dance captain/répétiteurAnkobeahene Ajaibo, Tanya Spurgeon
press representative/promotionGwyland Winslow, Jamu Wayne Tukes
director assistant/associateNitanju Bolade, Babu Atiba
production assistant/coordinatorShelia Wilson, John L. Clay
technical directorAnn Payne
stage manager assistantEdward Battle
videographer/editorErnest Chisholm
directorAlyo Tolbert
production managerPhillip Wright
musical arrangerMcKinley Perkins
ballet mistress/masterLinda Jones

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