Dance Afrikana’s mission has been to create a world where people of the African Diaspora are empowered and connected through the African dance tradition
In Ifa, the spirituality of the Yoruba people of West Africa (Benin and Nigeria), Eleggua is the most important orisha (saint). Eleggua opens and closes the pathways to access the other Orishas and God. He is represented in the form of both a boy and an old man and because of this, he’s often seen as a trickster. This piece explores the evolution and “memory of difference”* of ancient Yoruba culture, spirituality, movement, and music on the African continent into Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and contemporary West African culture, spirituality, movement, and music.
In Veneration: Richard Brock
We honor the contributions of Black artists and pioneers today and throughout the year. Thank you Dance Afrikana for closing out #BlackHistoryMonth with us by taking us on a visual journey about the life and legacy of Richard Brock, a First Ward native, formerly enslaved man, entrepreneur, lawmaker, and civic leader. #artsdistrictHOU
Yemaya and The Flood
Dance Afrikana presents Yemaya and the Flood, a piece on home(s), ancestral memory, and motherhood. Drawing inspiration from the Yoruba orisha Yemaya, it explores water and its many manifestations–libation, pouring, leaking, birth, flooding, and the ocean. This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves and as an extended Black History Month program.
Who Yo’ People?
Who Yo’ People? is a documentary film that explores the African heritage of Louisiana. It takes the audience on a journey through the vibrant history and culture of the peoples who would become known as Louisiana Creoles, while interrogating ideas of identity.
The film premiere will be presented in conjuntion with Dance Afrikana’s dance production of the same name. The dance piece explores the rich dance traditions of Louisiana, from Bamboula to Zydeco.
This project is fiscally sponsored by Fresh Arts and was made possible in part through the Houston Arts Alliance’s Support for Organizations Grant, The Houston BIPOC Arts Network and Fund, and the 5th Ward GO Neighborhoods Spark Arts Grant. This project has also been supported by The Philadelphia Independent Media Fund administered by Scribe Video Center with funds provided by the Independence Public Media Foundation.