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On Monday, February 25th, the nominations for the 23rd Annual Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards were announced, with ArtsEmerson being honored with ten nominations! Best New Play – The White Card (Claudia Rankine) Watch Claudia Rankine discuss The White Card Best Solo Performance – Liza Jessie Peterson (The Peculiar Patriot) Watch the trailer for The Peculiar Patriot Best Ensemble – Born For This Watch creator BeBe Winans talk about his background and Born…

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Thank you for joining us for The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence from Step Afrika! We are proud to have this incredible company back at the Emerson Cutler Majestic, bringing to life the history of the Great Migration through the lens of Jacob Lawrence’s art. Please share your reflections on the performance in the comments. To hear stories of migration in our own community or to learn more about the Great Migration, see these posts on…

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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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  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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