After attending the Oya and Anyanwu program on Wednesday, I did a search on the Anyanwu from Wildseed and came across a dance performance, called Octavia. Dancer Staycee Pearl choreographed this project and presented it last year. It is a tribute and exploration of Octavia Butler’s work and life, bringing her magical and sci-fi literature worlds into physical forms. The project is divided into three sections: 1. In the Begining was…, 2. Anyanwu’s Child, 3. Ooloi introduction.“Anyanwu” featuring Jasmine Hearn
Storyboard P’s “Black Magic”
via Hycide Magazine
Storyboard P is a Brooklyn-based dancer who is part of a new style called “Mutant.” He was recently in the video for Flying Lotus’ “Until the Quiet Comes” (watch below). Hycide Magazine also did a feature about him in their anniversary issue, which you can buy here.
Pierre Bennu’s (Exit the Apple) “Sun Moon Child” video highlights the connections between various black dance styles throughout history. Soda Jerk created a video, Tap Hop, which compares jazz tap dance and hip-hop breakdance.
African dance has been a major influence not only throughout the African Diapora, but also throughout popular culture in general. The documentary below, The Gift of Dance, explores the history and evolution of African dance.
Several dancers, including Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder, Alvin Ailey and Pearl Primus, dedicated their lives to showcasing dance of the African Diaspora.