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Step Afrika!

As we anticipate opening night for The Migration: Reflection on Jacob Lawrence on Thursday, we had the immense pleasure of welcoming Step Afrika! To Boston alongside incredible local organizations and performances last night with our Welcome to Boston Cast Party at Roxbury Community College. It was a night filled with the talents of Boston’s finest, as well as sneak peek into Step Afrika!’s upcoming performance. Hosted by Shaumba Yandje Dibinga and Barry Gaither, the nearly…

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The Great Migration started just before the United States entered the first World War, and extended into the 1970s–but what part did Boston play in this massive movement of African Americans to the north? During the first half of the twentieth century, Boston’s small but vocal African American population began to expand—by 13.3% between 1910 and 1940 according to U.S. census data. Immigrants from the West Indies and migrants from the south and west, including…

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  We’ve been lucky enough to partner with Justin Springer as we get ready to welcome Step Afrika!’s The Migration here in Boston in May. As Justin and ArtsEmerson continue to talk to Boston community members about The Migration, it’s apparent how significant this history is to our city. A few of those community members have shared their stories, talents, and excitement surrounding not only the upcoming performance, but also the impact The Great Migration…

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If you’ve read our recent blogpost detailing the timeline of the Great Migration, you know that the early twentieth century saw a massive amount of national relocation for African Americans in the south seeking greater opportunities. Step Afrika’s The Migration is an exploration and celebration of those who chose to migrate north. The Migration uses Jacob Lawrence’s visual art collection The Migration Series as a backdrop to their performances utilizing dances like South African Gumboot…

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The last time ArtsEmerson welcomed Step Afrika! to our stage, the thrilling dance company was performing in our 2013/2014 season, nearly five years ago. Since then, the company has traveled extensively, touring the world and bringing history to life through dance, music and artistry. Here is brief overview of what this amazing dance company has been up to these past fives years and how extensive their journey has been and continues to be. The White…

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