DanceAfrica Returns To BAM

The Brooklyn Academy of Music presents the 37th installment of DanceAfrica with an exciting array of cultural events celebrating Africa and the diaspora.

The 37th edition of Brooklyn Academy of Music's DanceAfrica festival is fast approaching, taking place May 17 through 26 at a number of venues throughout Brooklyn. Heralded as 'the nation's largest festival dedicated to African dance,' this year's installment of BAM's longest running cultural showcase of  music and dance from Africa and the diaspora honors the bantaba or 'dancing ground' — a designated meeting place in the community where people gather.

The festival will once again be under the artistic direction of DanceAfrica's founding elder Baba Chuck Davis and to commemorate the celebration, festival organizers have put together a wide range of eclectic film, art, music and dance performances including an opening showcase on Sunday, May 18 featuring the US debut of Madagascar's award-winning performance troupe Groupe Bakomanga. Led by veteran choreographer, Mariette Rasoarinala, Groupe Bakomanga will be bringing their exhilarating blend of Malagasy song and dance to the heart of Brooklyn. Other festival highlights include a free artist talk with painter/sculptor Nnenna Okore, a music and spoken word tribute to Amiri Baraka, a three day outdoor bazaar, late night afrobeat dance parties and more. Watch a short clip of Groupe Bakomanga in action below.

>>>Head here for tickets and a complete listing of DanceAfrica events

Image via Sheila Afari PR.

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