Grant Recipient Details

Washington, DC
Project Title
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

Step Afrika!’s Drumfolk, inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739, explores this little-known event in American history that would forever transform African American life and culture. When Africans lost the right to use their drums, the beats found their way into the body of the people, the Drumfolk. New percussive forms took root leading to the development of some of our country’s most distinct performance traditions like the ring shout, tap, and stepping. Step Afrika! will bring Drumfolk to venues for a minimum one-week residency, including feature-length performances, student matinees, master classes, and workshops.

Estimated Artist Fee: Estimate does not include housing: $60,000/week.

Presenter Partners

  • Arts Emerson (Boston, MA)
  • Hancher Auditorium, University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)
  • Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)
  • The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts(Los Angeles, CA)
  • The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State (University Park, PA)

Tour Coordinator

Toby Tumarkin
Executive Vice President - Global Head of Artists & Attractions
IMG Artists
tel 917-207-0294

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