Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Step Afrika is the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping, a unique dance tradition created by African American college students. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and spoken word. The tradition grew out of the song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities in the early 1900s. Stepping comes from a long and rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group.
Based in Washington, D.C., Step Afrika began in 1994 as cross-cultural exchange program with the Soweto Dance Theatre of Johannesburg, South Africa. The performance will feature West African traditional dance and drumming, South African contemporary and traditional dance styles and songs, tap, slam poetry, and fraternity and sorority styles of stepping.
VENUE INFORMATION + DIRECTIONS
$17 General Public
$15 UW System Faculty/Staff • Age 62 & Over
$ 7 UW System Student • Age 17 & Under
Student tickets are $3.50 until the day of the show
All seats are general admission
Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wisconsin Public Radio and WHYS Radio have contributed generous promotional support.