DanceAfrica at King Arts Complex

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

This month, a treasure returns to Columbus. Choreographer, performer and educator Chuck Davis, named one of "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasurers" by the Dance Heritage Coalition, brings his annual traveling celebration back to the King Arts Complex.

"DanceAfrica Columbus Phase II" is the latest version of the dance festival Davis founded in Brooklyn in 1977. From its relatively modest beginnings, DanceAfrica has grown into a multigenerational, multicontinental and multicultural phenomenon. The festival tours the United States annually.

Davis visits Africa each year, gathering inspiration and dancers for the touring festival by watching groups perform on their native soil. He also includes dance companies from around the African Diaspora - Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the U.S., among other places - who share his own respect for authenticity.

When Davis chants the DanceAfrica mantra, "Peace, love and respect for everybody," he means everybody.

A shortened DanceAfrica matinee for children will be presented at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 18, at the King Arts Complex. The full-length performance will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Young and old of all backgrounds will find something in DanceAfrica worth treasuring.

DanceAfrica

Friday-Saturday, March 18-19

King Arts Complex

867 Mount Vernon Ave., Downtown

kingartscomplex.com