Performed by Umkhathi Theatre Works and BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble
Umkhathi Theatre Works Artistic Director Matesu Dube
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble Artistic Director Karen Thornton-Daniels
Featuring BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble: Qahirah Kibler, Kishana Flenory, Jasmine Poole, Nailah Walthour, Breanna LaFortune, Nyomie Torres, Thea Grier, Shaniya Hyndman, Ayanna Donovan
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
Artistic Director Chuck Davis
Produced by BAM
Umkhathi Theatre Works is a theater, dance, and music troupe formed in 1997 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The company has emerged as a leading performing arts organization in its home country and has performed throughout Africa and overseas. Its mission is to strive for community development through the arts while reviving African traditions and cultures.
BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble and BAM have been partners for 17 years in a youth development effort with DanceAfrica as its focus. The group is an annual favorite and a symbol of youth involvement in the preservation of African heritage. The talented young dancers of the BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble are students from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Youth Arts Academy, where they receive intensive training in ballet, modern, African, and contemporary dance. Observing its 47th anniversary this year, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's mission is to be the catalyst for the progressive improvement of the quality of life for the people of central Brooklyn by utilizing every avenue available to foster growth and development through economic, cultural, educational, and social ventures.
Video produced by BAM
Produced by Nick Schwartz-Hall
Directed by Ben Cohen
Edited by Catherine Lee and Ben Cohen
Audio mixed by Kenneth M. Dunn
Camera Operators: Alex Guns, Ben Katz and Reuben Kleiner