The first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping, Step Afrika! honors the spirit of resistance and activism of their enslaved ancestors in STONO. With the soundscape of beating drums and shouts of “liberty,” the Stono Rebellion of 1739 was an extraordinary act of rebellion and the largest insurrection of enslaved African Americans in North America. Consequentially stripped of their right to these drums, they started using their bodies as percussive instruments, giving rise to the distinctive forms of ring shout, tap, and stepping. Using their unique blend of percussive, traditional African, and contemporary dance, Step Afrika! ensures that this little-known yet history-altering movement is recognized for its transformation of African American life and culture.
Streaming On-Demand Thursday, April 1 at 8pm ET through Wednesday, April 14 at 11:59pm ET
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Leadership support for The Joyce Theater Foundation has been provided by the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust.
Leadership support for The Joyce’s presentation of dance is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Leadership support for The Joyce's annual programming is provided by Howard Gilman Foundation.
Support for The Joyce's digital presentation of Step Afrika! provided by Marty and Louise Bickman.
Joyce programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Speaker Corey Johnson; and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Major support For The Joyce has been provided by Ford Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund in The New York Community Trust, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.
Key support has been provided by First Republic Bank, GKV Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and its National Dance Project, and Jerome Robbins Foundation.
Tickets are $25 per household. The performance will be available for streaming Thursday, April 1 at through Wednesday, April 14.
All tickets can be purchased online. For questions, please call JoyceCharge at 212-242-0800. JoyceCharge is open noon-4pm Monday-Friday.