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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

In Context: DanceAfrica

This year’s DanceAfrica performance offers a taste of the rhythm and spirit of South Africa, acknowledging Nelson Mandela’s centennial birthday and the contributions of freedom fighters past and present. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #DanceAfrica. Ago! Amée!

Program Notes

DanceAfrica 2018 (PDF)


DanceAfrica Evolves (BAM blog)
Learn how Baba Chuck Davis's hand-picked successor Abdel R. Salaam is now writing the next chapter of our beloved Memorial Day tradition.

Pantsula Dance in Johannesburg (The Aston Martin Magazine)
Photographer Chris Saunders documents the storytelling power of the participants of this unique dance style in the streets of Johannesburg.

Nelson Mandela Centenary (Nelson Mandela Foundation)
2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela, and the foundation that bears his name is investing its efforts in building a values-based society.

Watch & Listen

LIVE: DanceAfrica 2018 Q&A (Facebook)
Antoinette Isama, Associate Editor at OkayAfrica, sat down with Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and South African producer Duma Ndlovu in this live broadcast discussion.

Photo Album
DanceAfrica 2017 Bazaar (Facebook)
Photographer Adreinne Waheed captures the faces and energy of this annual tradition.

Kangaroo Zulu Dancers at Ushaka Marine (YouTube)
Preview the stylings of the Kangaroo Zulu Dancers before they come to BAM as part of the Ingoma KwaZulu-Natal Dance Company.

Edge: Emerging Choreographers - Trailer (YouTube)
Get to know Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre through EDGE, a season of dance featuring emerging choreographers.

Now your turn...

How did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Surprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #DanceAfrica.


  1. It was simply amazing. It had me teary eye. Very pleased. Must see again.

  2. I absolutely love dance from South Africa, it is so stylized and sophisticated and fabulous! The groups from Durban were amazing. The modern dance was exceptional, and the other group was fun and exciting. Pantsula everyday!

  3. Wonderful! Enlightening! Beautiful! I loved every minute of the performances! My first time see this! It won't be my last!

  4. Wonderful! Enlightening! Beautiful! I loved every minute of the performances! My first time see this! It won't be my last!

  5. An outstanding performance!

  6. I most enjoyed the First Segment. The Tribute to our Ancestors.
    Most tastefully and brilliantly executed.
    I got worried that BAM, is not committed to keeping this week-end event forever...I come from Massachusetts for this event every year. The Market Place has been swallowed to postage stamp size, The Gentry I encountered did not seem any too pleased to have all of these Free Black folk around. What is really going on?

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