DanceAfrica 1996: Rites of Passage: Celebrating Women of the African Diaspora

May 24 – 26, 1996

Alternate Title Dance Africa 1996, DanceAfrica America 1996
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States, Ethiopia
Description For the 1996 DanceAfrica festival, the theme was titled “Rites of Passage: Celebrating Women of the African Diaspora.” After the customary libation ceremony, the greeting from the Griot, and the memorial to recently passed Elders, the women of DanceAfrica—accompanied by their mothers and sisters—were honored with a dance from the Sacred Grove. The festival featured, among other companies, the Nile Ethiopian Ensemble and Women of the Calabash.  
Identifier 1996s.00583
VenueOpera House
artistic directorBaba Chuck Davis
costume designerMargaret Weekes
dance captain/répétiteurTarkeema Lewis, Yvette Barrows
director assistant/associateJewel Love, Carolyn Wooden
lighting designerWilliam H. Grant III
musical directorAnthony Harris
production assistant/coordinatorJewel Love, Amaniyé Payne
stage manager assistantMama Normadien Woolbright
top billingBaba Chuck Davis
visual artistSynthia Saint James