Ballet Folklórico Cutumba – DanceAfrica

DanceAfrica, DC 2011 is coming!

May 30 – June 5, 2011

DC’s 24th annual festival celebrates the dance and music of the African Diaspora, and honors traditional heritage and its transformation into contemporary forms. The vitality and richness of African culture is experienced through dance, music, visual arts, food, clothing and crafts.

The festival is hosted by artistic director and festival Griot Chuck Davis with special guests Santiago de Cuba based Ballet Folklorico Cutumba. Straight from the ¡Sí Cuba! Festival in New York, Dance Place is partnering with the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) to present Ballet Folklórico Cutumba in the DanceAfrica festival at BAM and the DanceAfrica, DC festival at Dance Place.

Ballet Folklórico Cutumba, founded in the city of Santiago de Cuba in 1960, will be the featured performers at Dance Place on Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 during the 2:00pm and 8:00pm concerts alongside the following dynamic companies: Coyaba Dance Theater, KanKouran West African Dance Company, Farafina Kan and Ezibu Muntu. Cutumba’s 25-member company is dedicated to the research and professional performance of traditional Afro-Cuban dance, music, and song originating in the Oriente region of Cuba. Their work recreates key elements at the heart of Afro-Cuban identity while adding the company’s own fresh interpretation through theatricality and costume design.

DanceAfrica, DC will be held May 30 – June 5, 2011 and includes master classes and performances with the best African dance companies in the DC metro area, an African marketplace and free outdoor demonstrations.

For a complete schedule of classes and performances, visit

Participating artists include: Griot Baba Chuck Davis, Ballet Folklórico Cutumba, KanKouran West African Dance Company, Farafina Kan, Sankofa Dance Theater, Ezibu Muntu, DC Casineros and Coyaba Dance Theater.

About DanceAfrica, DC
DanceAfrica, DC is a mainstay of Washington, DC’s summer lineup of events and is a vital and popular part of Dance Place’s educational and cultural programming. The festival promotes cultural inclusion, inspires artistic collaboration and growth, enhances community cohesiveness, and generates audience interest and enthusiasm for the performing arts and an understanding of the African experience.

Since 1987, Dance Place has hosted the celebration in collaboration with DanceAfrica visionary Chuck Davis. Dance Place acted as the national coordinator to DanceAfrica, USA from 1990-1994.

DanceAfrica, DC is the second largest celebration of African performing arts in the United States. This year Dance Place anticipates hosting over 2,000 people with the positive message of community building and the richness of African culture through classes and performances.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Giant Food, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Marpat Foundation and the many foundations & individuals that support Dance Place and our NEXTgeneration programs. Presented in partnership with BAM: The Brooklyn Academy of Music. Media Sponsor: The Washington Informer. Tickets: To purchase tickets, call 202-269-1600 or visit

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