ABOUT THE GRANT
- $27,360 to Geva Theatre Center to support Africantic (MAP 2019)
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Africantic traces the African musical ancestry that remains, even as the Diaspora continues to evolve. This is an audiovisual immersive theatrical experience by UNIVERSES, one of the nation’s premiere theatre ensembles. Africantic identifies, maps, deconstructs and reconstructs the musical DNA chains that bind us. From the complexities of spiritual ancestral rhythms and chant, across the middle passage into the Americas (where African deities entangle, to this day, in a delicate and most often vicious dance with Catholic Saints), through work songs, field hollers, blues, gospel, ragtime, jazz, R&B, electronic music, soul, funk, disco, contemporary pop, to the style layered gritty rhythmic weight carried from early hip hop (or rap) to where it has evolved today. It will also show the importance of the music through the different social movements that have shaped us. Africantic roots run deep.