Step Afrika!, Drumfolk

Step Afrika!, Drumfolk

7:30 PM

Alice Jepson Theatre
Modlin Center for the Arts
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Alice Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts

Adult $35 | Senior $30 | Non-UR Student/Youth $10 | UR Student $5

In Drumfolk, Step Afrika! – the first professional company dedicated to the African American tradition of stepping – shares a tale of resistance, resilience, and reclamation. Grounded in the South Carolina Stono Rebellion of 1739, which led to the banning of drums among enslaved Africans, Drumfolk celebrates the beat of the drum embedded in the very bodies of persecuted people. Company founder C. Brian Williams says the intention of the piece is “to reclaim the history of these unsung American heroes and heroines who so bravely fought for freedom. There is still so much of American history to explore and uncover.” When the heartbeat replaces the drumbeat, the people become the drumfolk.

Pre-Show Artist Talk
Join us at 6:30 pm for a conversation featuring C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! founder and executive producer, Alicia Diaz, associate professor of dance, and Deandra Clarke, Richmond-based choreographer, dancer, and instructor of hip hop, to learn about the history of stepping and its significance and the relationship of stepping with other forms of embodied resistance. 

Free Related Event
Hands on History with Step Afrika!
Wednesday, October 19, 6:00-7:30 pm
Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia (122 W. Leigh St.)

Free admission; registration required

A partnership with the Black History Museum & Cultural Center of Virginia and Bonner Center for Civic Engagement


Step Afrika! - "The Beat"