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BAM  Brooklyn Academy of Music The home for adventurous artists, audiences & ideas. #DanceAfrica is finally here!

South African supergroup Ingoma KwaZulu-Natal Dance Company leads a rousing "Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" at last night's opening performance of #DanceAfrica 2018. The Xhosa hymn, originally composed in 1897, became a pan-African liberation anthem and was later adopted as the first portion of South Africa's national anthem in 1997.

Performances run through Mon, May 28! Don't miss it: BAM.org/DanceAfrica ✊🏿

#DanceAfrica is finally here! This year, we’re offering a taste of the rhythm, movement, and spirit of South Africa past and present. Join us for a full weekend of activities including an art exhibition, dance workshops, an array of community events, the annual FilmAfrica series, and the one-and-only DanceAfrica Bazaar. Through Mon, May 28: BAM.org/DanceAfrica (link in bio!)
đź“·: @j_cervantes

✨Fresh✨ #DanceAfrica t-shirts and totes will be on sale at the Bazaar this Saturday—Monday! Get the look at the @greenlightbklyn tent in front of the Peter Jay Sharp Building on the corner of Lafayette Ave & Ashland Pl.

#tbt to the matchless Lesley Manville in Sir Richard Eyre’s last production here at BAM, 2015’s Ghosts. Manville currently stars as Mary Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s #LongDaysJourneyIntoNight—playing the BAM Harvey Theater through Sunday: BAM.org/LongDaysJourney

Photo: Stephanie Berger, Richard Termine

Did you know that the visionary @andrewisamerican serves as the Artistic Director of this year’s #BAMGala? Ondrejcak was last here in 2015 for his multi-genre spectacular YOU US WE ALL, a collaboration with @mybrightestdiamond & @baroqueorchestrationx that made its US premiere as part of the #BAMNextWave Festival. In one week, he’ll transform the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal into a technicolor wonderland to celebrate honorees Darren Aronofsky, Jeremy Irons, and Nora Ann Wallace & Jack Nusbaum. We can’t wait! 🎊 BAM.org/Gala

Production photos courtesy @stephaniebergerphoto

In May 1968, choreographer #MerceCunningham and his company performed 12 dances in eight performances at BAM in his troupe’s first major New York season. For Walkaround Time, pictured here, Cunningham collaborated with visual artist Jasper Johns on decor and costumes. The piece is distinguished by its transparent set pieces based on #MarcelDuchamp’s iconic artwork, The Large Glass.

50 years later, we’re pleased to highlight this historic collaboration via the #BAMArtAuction. A limited print of Johns’ 1996 lithograph Ocean, featuring Cunningham himself, is now open for bidding on @paddle8 👉 paddle8.com/auction/BAM (link in story!)
Walkaround Time đź“· courtesy the #BAMHammArchives, Ocean courtesy the artist.

Fresh off the presses and headed to a 📬 near you...it’s this year’s #BAMNextWave brochure!
Fun fact—#RoyLichtenstein created the first Next Wave poster in 1983, and his estate donated this piece to grace the cover of our 2018 collateral.
đź“·: @morinesque

#BAMNextWave returns this fall with 12 weeks of cross-genre performance, plus artist talks, master classes, and visual art! Oct 3—Dec 23.
Full lineup at BAM.org/NextWave (link in bio!)

About last night...
đź“·: @aundre

Back in 1997, our #BAMNextWave Festival featured South African satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys in his one-man show You ANC Nothing Yet. One of the many characters portrayed by Uys in the piece was Evita Bezuidenhout, pictured here. A white Afrikaner socialite and self-proclaimed political activist, Bezuidenhout simultaneously criticized the racist South African regime and lampooned the sometimes hypocritical attitudes of white liberals.
"Brimming with potent irreverence, Mr. Uys's work is a refreshing jolt to the senses of Americans dulled by sitcom humor and inhibited by the bland norms of correctness in a nation afflicted with political apathy,” wrote the @nytimes. “It is also a showcase for a fine actor, gifted political humorist and courageous humanitarian."
When #DanceAfrica returns to the Howard Gilman Opera House next week, the festival will draw parallels between South African anti-apartheid and American civil rights movements. Our struggles are intertwined, and so to better provide context for the upcoming program—as well as underscore the deep significance of cultural exchange—we’ll be sharing more South African highlights from the #BAMHammArchives with you every Friday.

This Sun, May 20, choreographer Tamara Thomas—recipient of the 2017 Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship—takes over the #BAMFisher! At 1:30pm, she’ll offer a free workshop offering a taste of the movement that comprises denkyem, a contemporary pan-African technique she’s been developing. Then, at 7pm, she’ll present an evening of choreography that emanates from her study in Ghana. Space is limited, but standby is encouraged for these *FREE* events! BAM.org/TamaraThomas

The Chuck Davis Emerging Choreographer Fellowship fellowship—in honor of #DanceAfrica founding elder Baba Chuck Davis—awards emerging choreographers an opportunity to travel to Africa and study with one or more experts in African dance.

On May 30, this year’s #BAMGala honors Darren Aronofsky, Jeremy Irons, and Nora Ann Wallace & Jack Nusbaum for their tireless commitment and generous contributions to the arts. ✨
Under the creative direction of Andrew Ondrejcak, this exceptional evening will feature work and performances by Amy Leon, Isabella Rosselini, LeeAnet Noble, Raja Feather Kelly, Roomful of Teeth and more. Full line up and tickets at BAM.org/Gala!

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