Tuesday, May 20, 2014
In Context: DanceAfrica 2014
America’s largest festival of African dance returns to the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House and beyond; the opening festivities took place this past weekend, and events resume from May 23 to 26. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of articles, videos, and original blog pieces related to the show. For those of you who've already seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.
On the Blog
BAM line producer Nick Schwartz-Hall relates his nationwide search for this year’s Malagasy DanceAfrica company.
DanceAfrica—Leadership Transition in 2016
Abdel R. Salaam will succeed Chuck Davis as artistic director of DanceAfrica in 2016.
The Troubadour of Madagascar
A look at the life and work of guitarist Madagascar Slim, who performed in the opening show.
Around the Web
Bakomanga Performs “Bodovola” (YouTube)
Mariette Rasoarinala leads her Malagasy dance and music company in a sunny number.
Mission to Madagascar (US Embassy)
Read more about Bakomanga’s journey to the US on the United States Embassy website.
Madagascar to Brooklyn with Groupe Bakomanga (Afropop.org)
“This will be my first time in New York. It’s a big thing for me,” says the group’s titular leader in this interview with Afropop radio.
Now your turn...
So how was your DanceAfrica experience? Tell us what you thought about the performance, what you bought at the bazaar, and anything else that might be on your mind in the comments below.