DanceAfrica 2018 Remembrance, Reconciliation, Renewal

May 25 – 28, 2018

Production Language English
Country of Origin South Africa, United States
Description The nation’s largest African dance festival returns for its 41st year with Remembrance, Reconciliation, and Renewal, a stirring tribute to the rich cultural history and traditions of South Africa. Created by Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam, the program honors the centennial of Nelson Mandela’s birth with a celebration of freedom fighters past and present. South African supergroup Ingoma Kwazulu Natal Dance Company brings traditional movement idioms alongside the contemporary stylings of Durban-based Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. They are joined by the BAM/Restoration Dance Youth Ensemble in a performance that draws parallels between South African anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements, reflecting on the history that connects the Sharpeville massacre and the march from Selma to the current struggles for social justice. The promise of hope and renewal are embodied in the transcendent forms of dance and music, creating a triumphant celebration of culture to pave the path forward.
Identifier 2018s.00525
VenueOpera House
artistic directorAbdel R. Salaam
company managerNtombi Gasa
costume designerAbdel R. Salaam
lighting designerAl Crawford
musical directorDellwyn Gilkes
production assistant/coordinatorNondumiso Yoliswa, Thabile Constance Mzobe
set designer/decorAl Crawford
sound designerDavid Margolin Lawson