THE MIGRATION: REFLECTIONS ON JACOB LAWRENCE

By STEP AFRIKA!

The Migration conceptualizes Jacob Lawrence’s groundbreaking “The Migration Series” as an interdisciplinary work with lightning-fast claps, intricate footwork, percussive chants, and perfect synchronicity.  The performance blends body percussion, dance, spoken word, projected images of Lawrence’s paintings and live music to chart the story of African-American migrants moving from the South to the North.

The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence - Washington DC 2018 - Promo, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Trane Suite: Off The Train, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Migration; Drumfolk, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Step Afrika! artists Ronnique Murray and Chris Brient performing an excerpt from Migration, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Traditional African Dance; DRUMFOLK, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Trane Suite: Three men arrive in the North, Step Afrika!, 2018, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Step Afrika! performing Gumboot dance; Migration Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, Step Afrika!, 2017, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Movement One: The Deacon's Dance, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Trane Suite: My Man's Gone Now, Step Afrika!, 2017, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Step Afrika! artists prepare for the opening movement of WADE SUITE, Step Afrika!, 2017, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Migration excerpt performed by Mfoniso Akpan, Step Afrika!, 2017, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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DRUMFOLK: Escape and Migration, Step Afrika!, 2017, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Excerpt from Migration performed by Artist Dionne Eleby, Step Afrika!, 2017, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Step Afrika! Duo performing an excerpt from Chicago; Migration, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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GO WEST performed by Step Afrika! artists, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Step Afrika! performing artists performing Migration Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, Step Afrika!, 2018, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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West African Traditional Dance Tribute, Step Afrika!, 2017, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Step Afrika! artists performing excerpt from Migration, Step Afrika!, 2017, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Step Afrika! artists performing a Solo excerpt from Migration, From the collection of: STEP AFRIKA!
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Photos by Jati Lindsay: 2018 performances of The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence at Hartke Theatre in Washington, DC.

Photos by Holly Tomlin: 2017 performances of The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence at The New Victory Theatre in New York City.

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