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Opening Night: New production by Step Afrika described as "groundbreaking"

Step Afrika will present "Green is the New Black" beginning May 29-June 1.
Step Afrika will present "Green is the New Black" beginning May 29-June 1.
Courtesy of Step Afrika

Step Afrika premieres its new production tonight, Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 8 p.m. in the Hartke Theatre of Catholic University. "Green is the New Black" is an energetic production by the acclaimed Washington based dance ensemble, combining stepping and dance movement in a meaningful way that fosters the importance of science, technology and electricity.

Founder and executive director Brian Williams shared exclusively the impact of this innovative presentation. “Step Afrika! is looking forward to the world premiere of our latest work, Green is the New Black. It’s an all-new production led by our artistic director Jakari Sherman that will explore our capacity to capture the “power” of stepping and convert that power into clean, electrical energy. For Step Afrika!, it’s a ground-breaking merger of stepping with science, technology and earth-friendly practices.” he said.

In another innovative production of its season, Step Afrika married classical music and the art of stepping with classical music in a production called "Symphony in Step." Complete with full orchestra, narratives and costumes audiences were exposed to stepping in such a way that shined the spotlight on its value as a true art form.

“Step Afrika! has collaborated across disciplines from symphonies to jazz quartets since our inception over 19 years ago . As we prepare for our 20th anniversary, we are excited to partner with the world of science and investigate how our dance form can help combat climate change. It’s a lofty goal…but Green is the New Black will be a multi-year project for Step Afrika!, the first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping.” Williams further stated.

"Green is the New Black" is being co-presented by Washington Performing Arts and Dance Place opens tonight at Catholic University's Hartke Hall.

PLANNING TO GO:

Step Afrika presents "Green is the New Black"

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 7 p.m. running through June 1

Hartke Hall, Catholic University

CLICK HERE for tickets and further schedule.

VISIT the Step Afrika website.