Access Granted: Home Performance Series 2010
Step Afrika! Homecoming at the Lansburgh TheatrePerformances are scheduled from June 16 - June 20, 2010.
This year, the Nation’s Capital official, first, and only Cultural Ambassador is peeling back its layers; revealing life-both on and off stage- to patrons. Home Performance Series 2010 takes a candid look at life on the road as a dancer through the high energy, high impact exciting art form; a culmination of rhythmic footwork, body percussion, and spirited vocalizing.
“In "stepping," a performer's body becomes a powerful percussive instrument, with the hands and feet mimicking drums and cymbals,” explains Step Afrika! Founder & Executive Director C. Brian Williams. “Stepping has expanded into an exciting dance form that has influenced pop culture and draws inspiration from many types of music, including doo-wop and hip-hop.”
Accompanied by violinist Brian-Joseph Uzuegbu, DJ RBI and a collage of multimedia entries, the audience is granted “access” to Step Afrika! creative process living vicariously through Step Afrika!’s lens of world travel, college tours, creativity, arts education, elation and moments of awakening. “Access Granted,” premieres works “X-Town: Chicago”, inspired by Artistic Director Jakari Sherman’s residency at the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in the summer of 2009; and Party Walk, an homage to the pride of Greek social life.
On hand for this year’s, festivities is City Administrator Neil Albert, Chilean Cultural Attaché Her Excellency Natalia Allende, special invited guests Grammy Award -winning female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, and the exhilarating cast of Sophisticated Ladies; along with orange carpet host April Watts of WHW Rocks. Immediately after Home Performance 2010 Step Afrika! will be boarding a plane to Morocco and touring Central America, making stops in Panama, Honduras, and Belize. Proceeds from the entire run of the Home Performance Series goes to Step Afrika!’s year-round programming and recently established scholarship fund for college students.
The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th Street, Northwest. Tickets for Step Afrika!’s HPS 2010 range from $29.50 to $39.50. Discounts are available to students, seniors and military. For discount information, call the box office at 202.547.1122 and press option 1. Groups can contact Step Afrika! directly at 202.399.7993, ext. 103 for group ticket information.
For additional information about Step Afrika!’s HPS 2010, please contact Tynisha Brooks at (202) 399-7993 ext. 111 or events AT stepafrika.org.