DanceAfrica 2014: Celebrating Africa's Bantaba

May 18 – 26, 2014

Alternate Title Dance Africa 2014
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States, Madagascar, Guinea, Mali, Senegal
Description DanceAfrica—the nation’s largest festival dedicated to African dance—returns for its 37th year, bringing together performance, art, film, and an array of community events for an exhilarating celebration of culture from Africa and its diaspora.
This year, the spotlight shines on Madagascar-based music and dance troupe Bakomanga, making its US debut. Led by Malagasy music star Mariette Rasoarinala, Bakomanga embraces a rich variety of indigenous cultural forms, using jubilant drum- and accordion-driven music and movement to honor its ancestors, usher in the harvest, and preserve tradition. Catch them and select New York State artists in the annual Memorial Day weekend performances, hosted by Baba Chuck Davis. And don’t miss the DanceAfrica Opening Celebration, the one-and-only outdoor bazaar, and many other events. Ago! Amee!
Identifier 2014s.00001
VenueOpera House
artistic advisorYao Ababio
artistic directorBaba Chuck Davis
dance captain/répétiteurZakiya M. Harris
lighting designerAl Crawford
production assistant/coordinatorJeannie Mitchell, Simone Knox
stage manager assistantMama Normadien Woolbright