Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description In 1977, dancer and choreographer Chuck Davis (1937–2017) installed an “African village” in the BAM Lepercq Space for his dance engagement. No one anticipated his vision would evolve into DanceAfrica—BAM’s longest-running program and one of its most beloved. The nation’s largest African and African-diasporic dance festival returns with its traditional Memorial Day weekend extravaganza. BAM live performance, education, community engagement, and film programs work in tandem with a full weekend of cultural activities, including an art exhibition, dance workshops, the annual FilmAfrica series, and an array of community events, including the beloved DanceAfrica outdoor bazaar. This year DanceAfrica celebrates its 43rd year with the rich movement and dance traditions of Burkina Faso. Featuring a world premiere piece and the debut performance of Ballet Traditionnel du Burkina Faso—a new dance company formed for this engagement. The program will also see the return of the DanceAfrica Spirit Walkers and the beloved RestorationArt Dance Youth Ensemble.