DanceAfrica 1979: A Festival of African-American Dance Companies

June 2 – 10, 1979

Alternate Title Celebration of the Past, Crossroads Traveller, Dance Africa 1979
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States, South Africa, Mali, Guinea
Description Over the course of two weekends in June 1979, several of the biggest African American dance ensembles gathered for the second annual DanceAfrica festival. The opening night began with drum calls and a pouring of libations in a salute to the past and celebration of the present—a ceremony that would kick off the opening of many DanceAfricas to come. The festival ended with the performance of Crossroads Traveler, a fantasy/mystery piece of dance-theater performed by ensembles led by Dinizulu, Charles Moore, and Chuck Davis, as well as the International Afrikan American Ballet. 
Identifier 1979s.01006
VenueOpera House
artistic advisorObari Wali, Baba Chuck Davis
company managerBeverly Sims
dance captain/répétiteurAnkobeahene Ajaibo
lighting designerSauti Wills, Rhonda Morman
production assistant/coordinatorMama Ella Thompson Moore, Muneer Mahmood, Obari Wali
set designer/decorJohn Blandford, Devere Ince
stage managerN'Goma Vyiet Vyeusi
technical directorJohn Dodd
top billingBaba Chuck Davis
wardrobeTrudy Bell