Step Africa! Meredith Hanafi


Step Afrika!

Oct. 29
7:30 p.m.

The art of stepping began as a ritual for entrance into black fraternities and sororities. This collaging of South African gumboot, traditional West African dance, and lots of African-American influences (including moves by R&B groups like the Temptations) certainly beats most fraternity initiations. Using the body as an instrument, steppers slap, stomp, and roll out elements of breakdance, Afro-Caribbean, tap, and more into a rousing, rhythmically complex tapestry. The visionary company Step Afrika! makes the form theatrical in its production of The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, a piece that focuses on Lawrence’s paintings of the Great Migration from the South to the North in the 1920s.